By Father Timothy Gollob
Special to The Texas Catholic
I guarantee that the Holy Spirit worked overtime during the past Holy Week. One inspiration came via email saying that if sometimes you feel overwhelmed and are buried deep in the earth, Easter is the time to rethink that thought and consider that you might have just been planted. Consequently, it is Spring and the right time to rise and bloom!
That was the foundation of my meditation as I set off on a trip to St. Charles, Missouri, to visit my sister, Jeanette, on Easter Monday.
Early in the morning I found myself at the TSA line at Love Field. I gulped down two cups of warm coffee. The line was short and I had to search for my boarding pass and driver’s license. Somehow I dropped the latter document, but a nice lady picked it up and returned it to me.
My luggage came through OK, but my shoes set off the alarm and had to be individually inspected!
It must have been the coffee that made me talkative to strangers at Gate 5, but some of us pondered about switching to the Alaska Airlines flight which was missing two passengers.
We stayed put, however, and were rewarded with the sight of a father seeing his young daughter off alone to go back to her mother. They were sharing an ice cream cup. She went down the ramp with the flight attendant… He had her pink backpack on his shoulder.
Suddenly he realized what had happened and he dashed down the ramp. When he came back up, all the folks in the waiting line gave him a joyous ovation.
Later, on the flight, I was delighted to discover the new April magazine with a crossword puzzle! Also it was exciting to see on the inside front page, an announcement of the Byron Nelson Golf Tournament to be held at the new city links in the Great Trinity Forest on May 14-20.
The Holy Angels got us safely into the misty skies, but clouds blotted out any view of the ground. As we landed visibility returned. Lambert Field was covered with snow! Had we been rerouted to Alaska?
I grabbed my luggage and headed out to the terminal. That is when I realized that I had left my coat in the overhead compartment! The flight attendant brought it out with a smile.
The napkin which came with my complimentary cup of coffee had a message from the Holy Spirit… “In a world full of no…we’re a plane full of yes!”
In a world full of negativity, we must rise and bloom and say, ‘Yes,’ to all creation.
Father Timothy Gollob is the pastor of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Oak Cliff.