Easter Vigil: “Here we are!”

At the Vigil last night, I was struck by Baruch 3, that overlooked reading, seldom used unless your parish is one of the seldom communities that proclaim the full roster of readings. My staff colleague Misty did well proclaiming this text, and her gentle and enthusiastic voice drew me in, especially this bit:

The One who established the earth for all time … he who dismisses the light, and it departs, calls it, and it obeys him trembling; before whom the stars at their posts shine and rejoice;when he calls them, they answer, “Here we are!” shining with joy for their Maker. Such is our God; no other is to be compared to him … (Baruch 3:32b, 33-36)

The image above is M39, an open star cluster in Cygnus, the constellation of the swan. The image credit belongs to the National Optical Astronomy Observatory/Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy/National Science Foundation (NOAO/AURA/NSF)

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to Easter Vigil: “Here we are!”

  1. FrLarry says:

    Being an amateur astronomer, I love Baruch 2 as well. However, the Pelican Nebula comes to my mind when I hear this at the Easter Vigil. We have a Pelican on the tabernacle in my parish.

  2. Pingback: Reconciliation Lectionary: Baruch 1:15, 17-19, 21-22 « Catholic Sensibility

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