Tomorrow, February 2, as many as 30,000 pilgrims will converge on a small hill in a town whose name they can’t even pronounce (Punxsutawney, PA), to consult a small furry oracle named Phil, on what to expect from the weather for the next 6 weeks.
Punxsutawney Phil, the legendary groundhog, has gotten it right 100% of the time, according to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, 39% of the time according to the weatherman. (Watch out Ben Bernanke!) He’s seen his shadow 97 times, not seen it 15 times, and just not shown up 9 times over the course of his Methuselahn career — incidentally the lifespan for groundhogs is 6 to 8 years, but Phil is no ordinary groundhog.
Aren’t you anxious to find out what Phil will tell us tomorrow? You can get instant news straight from the groundhog’s mouth by texting “Groundhog” to 247365, anytime tomorrow.
Meanwhile, back at the Vatican….
There’s a lesser known gathering going on a small hill in Rome tomorrow, which in my opinion has far greater perennial significance than the long awaited weather report from a groundhog who’s right lest than 40% of the time — Sorry, Phil… nothing personal.
Every year on February 2, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, thousands of consecrated men and women religious renew their vows in the presence of the Holy Father, during a devotional ceremony in St Peter’s Basilica. Maybe you did not know that. But did you know that you can join them?
Of course you can! You can join them in spirit by renewing your commitment to follow Christ tomorrow as a baptized Christian.
This is just something to keep in mind when you’re not too occupied getting ready to watch the Superbowl or keeping tabs on Phil. In the midst of your daily concerns, you can always find a moment, an occasion, some good reason to turn your thoughts toward God, and ask what is God telling you today.