As I write this, it is hard to believe that we are fast approaching the middle of the year!
At the beginning of June we shall be hosting our annual Flower Festival. This year the theme is ‘Colours of the Wind’ and takes its name from a song written for Walt Disney’s 1995 animated feature film Pocahontas. A Flower Festival is a great occasion for drawing us in wonder and awe to appreciate the beauty of the natural world, as shown in the various flower displays with their thought provoking designs and vibrant colours. In doing all of this, it reminds us of God who fashioned the world around us and calls us to be wise stewards of creation. We are given another glimpse of God as we ponder the skill and creativity of those who have spent much time planning and constructing the displays.
Throughout the period of the Flower Festival we shall, as usual, welcome visitors from far and wide as they come to spend time at Holy Cross. I very much hope that they will be touched by the various displays and that our welcome and hospitality will leave a deep impression on them too. All of this reminds me of the section of the Rule of St Benedict which states, in chapter 53, that:
All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ.
May this year’s Flower Festival be a time of joy, a time of welcoming guests, a time of sharing hospitality, a time to establish new friendships and to renew existing ones and a time to give thanks to God!