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A brief dramatization of a conversation between myself and some acquaintances, and then with Mother Nature, over the past two days:

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22

FRIENDS

Hey, did you listen to the weather?  We’re supposed to get snow
overnight!

ME

Eh, it’ll probably just be a little bit of wet snow.  I don’t think any of it
will stick.

THURSDAY, APRIL 23

Snow 1

Snow 2

MOTHER NATURE

Okay Dan: What are we not going to do next time?

ME

[mumbling in a sheepish fashion]

Act like I know what I’m talking about.

MOTHER NATURE

Okay then.

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WinterMy personal opinion is that January is the best time to live in a cold-winter climate.  December is the prettiest, but I believe that January is the best in a deeper sense.

If we have taken down the trees, lights, and decorations, and turned off the festive music, it is because we don’t have to prepare for the Savior’s arrival (“Mass”) any longer.  He is here.  If the Christmas Season is more of a “honeymoon phase,” winter is, perhaps, where the rubber hits the road.

Snow is an ambiguous thing.  On the one hand, it is beautiful to look at, and a wintry landscape can easily recall the wonder of childhood.  But on the other hand, it can be very dangerous.  At the very least, it inconveniences us and, at times, disrupts our plans.

Yet like the Word of God, its descent to earth has a sure purpose:

For just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down (a)nd do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful, Giving seed to him who sows and bread to him who eats, (s)o shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; It shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55: 10-11 — bold mine)

We all know the melting snow gives us the abundance of spring, just as Jesus Christ gives the earth spiritual abundance after having come into the world and reversed the course of human history, making many people uncomfortable in the process.

Allusions to snow are used twice in the Bible, that I know of, in reference to Jesus — once in the Old Testament and once in the New:

…and the Ancient One took his throne. His clothing was snow bright, and the hair on his head as white as wool (Daniel 7:9)

The hair of his head was as white as white wool or as snow… (Revelation 1:14)

I hope the abundant snow serves to remind us of Christ’s presence in our lives, even amidst the hardships and suffering we face.  The way I see it, the snow and cold are like His great beauty, dangerous power, and self-giving fruitfulness.  And the winter trees with their bare limbs are like the Crown of Thorns He wore upon His head out of love for His creation.

Happy January, all — and Happy Feast of the Epiphany!

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