I’ve been given some lovely silver trays, bowls, and serving pieces that have been passed down through generations. This time of the year I begin to think how I would love to use them for holiday dinners…but then I think of the polishing…and the polishing…and the polishing and then it never really looking like the shiny version of what I imagine my great grandmother would have used.
What is it in us that always wants the shiny version?
Tarnish is a chemical reaction that can leave a dull finish on silver after being exposed to air. It is rather simple to clean. But the patina of the silver is a lustrous finish that well used, loved and cared for silver pieces develop over time. It is a living finish of sorts that reveals marks of history from all the uses prior. Just think of the personal history each silver piece could reveal…all the joys and sorrows that mark all the times families come together.
So, what is it in us that always wants the shiny version? …
Each of us is an accumulation of a lifetime of experiences and history…our personal patina is the wisdom we wear and share. Our personal patina is nothing to be overzealously stripped…it’s what makes each of us unique.
Are you striving to be a shiny version of yourself? …
Or are you allowing your personal patina to be the wisdom you wear?
“Let the beauty radiate from inside your heart to the outside world.” Imania Margria
“Being a disciple means being constantly ready to bring the love of Jesus to others, and this can happen unexpectedly and in any place: on the street, in a city square, during work, on a journey.” Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium
“I am only a little pencil in the hand of our Lord. He may cut or sharpen the pencil. He may write or draw whatever and whenever He wants. If the writing or drawing is good, we do not honor the pencil or the material that is used, but rather the one who used it. “
Make it a habit to mingle with the characters who appear in the New Testament.
Capture the flavor of those moving scenes where the Master performs works that are both divine and human, and tells us with human and divine touches, the wonderful story of His pardon for us and His enduring love for His children.
Those foretastes of Heaven are renewed today, for the Gospel is always true!