You have probably noticed this symbol around St. Michael’s. Some folks think it is trees. Others think it is people holding hands. This symbol has been part of St. Michael’s for a long time, at least prior the the mid-1980s. It went with a vision statement of early St. Michael’s: “Every human relationship is an eternal responsibility.”
Look closely at the very stylized people. They are not holding hands but rather are reaching out with one of their hands to touch the head of the other, an ancient sign of blessing. The other hand is raised in blessing of God.
This symbol of mutual blessing is surrounded by a very stylized circle, a common symbol of eternity.
But hey, if you want to see trees in it, go ahead. St. Michael’s has long been blessed with great trees.
The symbol should challenge us:
- Are we reaching out enough to others with the Good News that Jesus forgives, reconciles, and heals.
- Are we reaching out enough to others that are hungry, homeless, or abused?
- Are we reaching out enough to others who are “not like us”?
- In the paradox of the Gospel of Jesus, would we ourselves be more blessed if we did?