A 'snowstorm' of blessings
February 28, 2011
by Father Tony Hesse, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Winsted

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout . . . so will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:10-11)

When I read this passage, I cannot help but think about all the snow that we received this past winter. The great amount of snow is a wonderful reminder of God’s words, His blessings that are greatly bestowed upon us.

We can either turn away from God and His love or we might embrace Him and receive Him like so many children did with the snow (or those adults with winter toys).

Instead of getting upset with the snow, perhaps we can internalize the experience and ask ourselves, what I am I doing with God’s blessings? Do I accept them and grow with them, or do I get upset when I know I am supposed to share His blessings?

God’s Word is always speaking to us and inviting us to share the news (like the meteorologists who share the weather). Like God’s Word that comes forth from His mouth and inspires our hearts, so, too, do His many blessings, which water and nourish us.

We are to receive God’s gifts gratefully, cherish and tend them in a responsible and accountable manner, share them in justice and love with others, and return them with increase to the Lord. (Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response, USCCB 2002)

We need to ask ourselves, do God’s blessings return to Him unused? How can we fully appreciate what God has given us if we do not share it?

God showers us daily with “snowstorms” of blessings, therefore, let us respond with a child-like Spirit and welcome, embrace, and celebrate them.