After spending four years at Jesuit college, I ended up being one of two non-Catholics–me and one young Jewish boy. And, yes, I got saved at a Catholic college. God certainly has a sense of humor. While at college, I was one those unfortunate young men who began to follow my grandfather’s pattern baldness. Hence, the phrase, “hair today, gone tomorrow.” So when I married my wife one week after graduating, I was already tinning out on the top.
I was recently reminded of an old song sung by Bing Crosby in “Going My Way called “The Day After Forever.” Since the movie came out in 1944, I guess that dates me by quite a bit. Actually, it premiered six years before I was born. The final chorus is:
All through a lifetime
I’ll be loving you and then
On the day after forever
I’ll just begin again
Think about it for a moment…the day after forever. Since forever is, by definition, never-ending, what in the world is the day after forever. It’s something that really doesn’t exist. Eternity is eternity. It never stops, so it has no day after. Nor does it have a day before. Yet God has existed throughout all eternity, so if anyone could be in the day after forever, it would be Him.
The crowd was split in their in their feelings. There were those who had been stirred up by their religious leaders and wanted to see blood spilt. They goaded the Romans into punishing him by nailing him to a cross where he would hang until he died. The soldiers in charge couldn’t wait for the crucifixion as they beat him and ridiculed him by putting a crown of thorns on his head. When they were done with their fun, they nailed his hands and feet to the cross and hoisted it upright. They ridiculed and taunted him. Others looked on in horror as an innocent man who they had thought was the man would free from the Romans slowly began to die. And it happened at half past Friday.
Yogi Berra had a unique outlook on baseball and life in general. The former Yankees catcher and later the manager of the New York Mets, made some memorable comments before he passed away in 2015. One of the ones that struck me as being more than just humorous was “In a perfect world, it wouldn’t be.” Our world is certainly far from perfect. All you have to do, is follow the news,visit a hospital, plant a garden or watch a pet raised in the wild.
I have a friend that has just recently developed and interest in gardening. He wants to grow a wide variety of vegetables and have a large yield from each of them. He has the hardest time accepting the idea of thinning root vegetables like carrots, radishes, onions, and beets. Leaf vegetables like lettuce, cabbage, and chard can also benefit from thinning. This just doesn’t make sense to him. How can getting rid of vegetables that are already starting to grow be a good thing? He had to learn the importance of pruning and thinning.