Last time I walked in the Concord unit of the Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge it was still summer. Now the weather is cooler and just about all of the autumn foliage has disappeared.
Before the rest of the pictures, a reflection from today’s Gospel. “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them” (Luke 15:2). The Pharisees and scribes bemoan Our Blessed Lord for reaching out to those who need Him most. Little do they know, they should be allowing themselves to be welcomed by Our Lord. The unfortunate Pharisees and scribes don’t understand the difference between being righteous or self-righteous. The self-righteous person doesn’t need the Savior because he thinks himself a saint. The truly righteous person runs to the Savior because he knows that he is a sinner. May we always know our own sinfulness and allow ourselves to be welcomed by the Lord.
A view across the Concord River
The bare trees remind me of the Holy Souls in Purgatory. The Church exhorts, especially in the month of November, that we intercede for those suffering in Purgatory.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord; And let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.