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February 12: Tuesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Posted 02/12/2019 05:00AM


Every fall I am reminded of how lucky I am to teach in room B222 in Ben Hall. You see, my classroom windows look out over the courtyard in front of the library which is a much better view than the other side of the building who gets to look out at the parking lot. I enjoy yelling out the window as I see former students walking to get their caffeine fix at the bookstore. More importantly, however, is “the tree.” Anyone who has visited campus in the fall knows which tree I am talking about. Each fall, the leaves on that tree turn into the most wonderful shades of red, yellow, and orange that you have ever seen. “The tree” always makes its rounds on social media and often times makes me pause in the middle of a lesson due to being taken aback by its beauty.

Today’s reading about the creation of the heaven’s and the earthy makes me think of that tree and that only God could have made something so beautiful. It also makes me think about all of the beauty that God created that I miss on a daily basis. How many other trees do I miss because my face is stuck in a cell phone? Or because I am not present when taking a walk with my kid. As we prepare for the Lenten season, trying to find the beauty in all that God created is a good way to move closer to God and strengthen our relationship. I hope you can take a moment to find his beauty each and every day as well.

—Thomas Eighmey is a seventh and eighth grade math teacher at St. John's. He is a husband and father of one.

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