Today is the Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, the patronal feast day of the Ordinariate Deanery of Saint John the Baptist in Canada. It was my privilege to serve as Dean for five years, and so my heartfelt prayers today are with all the communities, clergy, and laity as the Ordinariate continues its mission to preserve and share the great treasures of the Anglican tradition across the great dominion.
A former parishioner in Calgary wrote to me this morning, informing me that “We had hot weather up until today when it rained all morning and into the afternoon. We've had alternating periods of heat and rain and the city is looking green and gorgeous”. Such an image put me in mind of Christopher Smart's poem, written for today’s feast, which both echoes the abundance of that welcome summer growth in the world around us, as well as the great potential for spiritual growth within the barrenness of our mortal nature.
Fr Lee Kenyon