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amemorialIt’s Friday again already! On this particular Friday, millions of people in the US are gearing up – or have already taken to the road or the skies – to celebrate on this long weekend not only Memorial Day on Monday but the beginning of summer all weekend long. The weather promises that even though the calendar tells us the real summer season is still almost a month away, the temperatures will convince us it has already arrived. There’s a happy feeling rising – a vacation attitude – that is expansive, perhaps because our houses cannot contain us; we are called outside to play!

Once again I turn to Peter for direct and clear instructions of how we are to be in order to enjoy the summer season – especially as we gather with relatives and friends on holidays and vacation times. Today he says: Above all let your love for one another be intense (there it is again), because love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to another without complaining. As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace. (1PT 4: 7-13) Jesus is equally exhortative in the gospel acclamation (JN 15:16) where he says: I chose you from the world to go and bear fruit. And I want to add: So get out there and do it! (because we’re all chosen, you see.)

Safe travels! Enjoy!