Most of us would agree that God had a wonderful idea when he came up with summer. While the pace might not change dramatically for many people, there is still a different ‘feel’ about summer. We tend to relax just a little. I pray that this may be true for our parish family as we enjoy this special time of year.
In this spirit, rather than write a theological treatise this weekend, I share a story that a friend sent me that made me both smile and think.
“A man was being tailgated by a stressed-out woman on a busy boulevard. Suddenly, the light turned yellow just as he approached the intersection. He did what he had been taught to do in driving school and slowed to a stop at the crosswalk, even though he could tried to beat the red light by accelerating through the intersection. The woman following very closely behind him was infuriated and hit the horn, screaming in frustration as he thwarted her chance of getting through the intersection at the changing light.
Still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up. He put her in his squad car and took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed and placed in a holding cell.
After a couple of hours a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects.
He apologized for the misunderstanding explaining, “You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, cursing and flipping off the driver in front of you. I noticed the ‘Choose Life’ license plate, the ‘What Would Jesus Do?’ decal on the back window of the car and the ‘Follow Me to Church’ bumper sticker next to the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk – and, naturally, I could only assume that you had stolen the car!”
Ouch! See you at Mass!