7. THE GOAT DIES (IN NOVEMBER)
Well, it’s Election Day minus 7 –
Hard to keep that Steam Kettle boiling over at a time like this. Hey! Life goes on. There’s life apart from election news . . . and Chicago has just won the World Series. I’ve spent a little time in Wrigley Field . . . but never a win like this. ( If you know about the Cubs, you’ll get the reference to The Goat. Right now, he’s history!)
As a matter of fact, Son just texted a pretty interesting comment. “A few moments ago, nobody could ever say they saw the Cubs win the World Series.” A few moments later, we live in a whole new world: we are people who can say WE saw The Cubs Win the World Series.
Just like that – the World changes.
But it’s not easy to change our world:
Try try try
Work hard Work hard Work hard
Fight Fight Fight
Hope Hope Hope
And then the moment of proof comes:
You win the World Series.
Or you win the Election.
THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER
Or you die and enter Heaven.
The Church has not forgotten what time of year it is. November has begun and we are directed to remember all those saints in Heaven, designated to be our examples and helpers, as they’ve died in Christ, with Christ in them, and so they remain in communion with us. (That’s what you say in the Creed. “…. I believe in the communion of saints ….”
Remember them! Get to know them!
The very next day we remember all those souls who have died, “All Souls Day,” on their way to Heaven, diamonds in the rough, so to speak, but within the communion of believers.
And so during all of November it is appropriate to remember the dead, especially our dead loved ones. God is outside of Time; our prayers for them matter no matter “when” we pray.
Our dead loved ones are still loved by us. They remind us that one day we will be like they are now. In the blink of an eye, our world will change.
As a matter of fact, the world we exist in will change from this world . . . to the next.
The Rose is red: the grass is green
The days are past which I have seen
As you are now so once was I
But as I am now so shall be ye
Prepare for death and follow me.