“You are the light of the world." (Matt 5:14)
To me Fall will always be the most spectacular of
the seasons. By the end of Summer the bright, green buds that gave the
promise of new life in the early Spring have turned into dark green
leaves. Having grown all they can they are content to just exist, sleepy
and satisfied. Then one day a single leaf begins to change and release
its true colors hidden within. As the cool night gives way to a warm
morning this single leaf turns a brilliant red that stands out
beautifully in the sea of green.
Soon other leaves
join it lighting up the Maple trees with their red radiance. Golds begin
to appear too in all their glory. Other leaves decide to become yellow
and shine like little suns in the daylight. Still others glow orange and
flutter in the Autumn breezes. Some leaves even decide to become unique
combinations of all of these colors. As the weeks pass deep, rich
burgundies and earthy browns appear on the Oaks as well until the
mountains of my home are a cascade of colors that delight the heart and
uplift the soul. Even after they fall to the ground the season is still
not over because now there is a colorful, crunchy carpet for the
children to run and play on. And when the cold days of Winter finally
cover these leaves in snow they still continue on, nourishing the soil
to provide new life to the next generation of leaves and thus completing
their part in God’s glorious creation.
We all should follow
these leaves’ example and allow our own true colors to shine through. We
all have a unique brightness within. We all have a love and light that
we are supposed to share. We all are meant to take our place in God’s
Share your true colors then. Let your love,
laughter, kindness, and joy brighten the souls of everyone around you.
Make your life both a brilliant Autumn and an eternal Spring.
Joseph J. Mazzella