Job’s words feel so familiar in this bleak time of Winter between Christmas and Easter, “Is not man’s life on earth a drudgery?” We know, that with the shortage of light some people actually suffer a real syndrome that leaves them down and despondent. The short days, the cold weather, the snow, ice and rain and the lack of anything really exciting at this time of year can leave many of us in a void. A friend once told me that to keep your spirits up we should do one thing we enjoy each day. It doesn’t have to be big, just something that lifts us up.
Jesus certainly did that for people in His day. In the Gospel of Mark this weekend he heals Peter’s mother-in-law and many other people so much so that, He needs to leave for rest and some time in quiet. He is so much in demand. Take some time before we begin Lent to relax. Use the short days of the year to get home, rest and do some good reading, reflecting or spend time with family and friends. We don’t have to wait for the holidays to throw a party or to have someone over for dinner. All of these little things can give us something to look forward to and boost our spirits. That’s one of the ideas behind our Italian Night! When we can convey joy, even at this time of year, we will be in great demand as was Jesus. His very presence brought people peace, healing and happiness. Let’s do that for each other.