Last Sunday in April, last day in April. Tomorrow is May Day.
May Day, in some areas. In parts of the world, it is and has long been celebrated as the first real day of Spring, weatherwise at least, not by the astronomer's criteria. There were May poles, particularly in Britain and, to an extent, areas of the US with heavy -- and recent -- British influx. In this area, at least, such has largely vanished even when I was a kid, far too many years ago.
Later, particularly in regions afflicted with Marxist socialism, it was celebrated as some sort of International Workers Day, or something along those lines. I'm not sure any more whether or not it was used as an occasion to shoot some "enemies of the people" who had, until last month, been up on the leaders' dais.
I have heard that out on the Left Coast, the usual louts and loons are going to "march" (and probably riot and otherwise behave badly) in order to advance the cause of ILLEGAL ALIENS, etc.
Perhaps it's not a coincidence that in the military and a few other venues, the cry of "MAY DAY!!" is a nearly universal signal of distress.
Off to church services Real Soon Now. Wife's still in bed, recuperating from being up and around, some, yesterday. Still planning -- hoping -- to make it half way across the county to a Moose Lodge this afternoon, there to support an old high school classmate who is in real bad shape with advanced and quite serious heart disease. Some sort of fund raising activity. We'll go, I guess. And perhaps, interact with some of her long-ago high school classmates. She was able to be around for a class reunion not quite 10 years ago, while we yet lived far off. But most haven't been seen since, and some have been unseen since around 1977 or so. So we shall see what happens.
Bittersweet is a term that somewhat applies. Inasmuch as she was as horribly bullied in high school as I was, I'm not sure why she cares at all, but perhaps this individual was one of very few kind ones.
The Old Testament reading today is chapters 23 and 24 of 2nd Samuel. This concludes this pass through 2nd Samuel. The writings titled Samuel 1 and 2 take in a vast amount of the early history of the kingdom of Israel, going from the time of the judges and through the reign of the first two kings. An important and very turbulent time.
II Samuel 24
The New Testament reading is verses 31-53 of Luke 22.
This begins with the conclusion of the account of the Last Supper and the arrest of Jesus.