In Brazil, the Feast of Corpus Christi is celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday with a mass and public procession when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed. On this public holiday, it is customary to decorate the procession route with tapetes or salt carpets honouring Christ and illustrating symbols of the Catholic church. Unlike the flower and petal displays you would find in street processions in Europe, in Brazil, salt, sawdust, coffee and sand are used.
I glorify the Lord this day as I travel from Corumbá to Campo Grande – the awe-inspiring scenery – blue skies, mountains, rivers, foliage, flora and fauna. My heart takes a leap at the signs of Gods’ wonders. I am reminded that “His love endures forever”, and how everything “praises the Lord forever.”
I thank god for the gift of awe and wonder. It is a marvelous thing under heaven. The red earth, a result of millions of years of creation in God’s hands, what splendour…and yet he is not finished with our gentle earth to whom he has given us stewardship over.
We too are like potters, with the earth in our hands. We too are chosen to create a world for those who will come after us.
We are His – His children, chosen, friends, beloved.
Henri Nouwen shared that “to give someone a blessing is the most significant affirmation we can offer. It is more than a word of praise or appreciation; it is more than pointing out someone’s talents or good deeds; it is more than putting someone in the light. To give a blessing is to affirm, to say ‘yes’ to a person’s Belovedness.” MAY GOD BLESS YOU EACH AND EVERY DAY IN THE NEW YEAR.