I love watching pelicans. Who doesn’t? They have a majestic way about them when they fly in formation about a foot over the water and they show a playful side when they suddenly dive bomb a fish. Though gregarious in flocks, they are also contemplative, floating without care over the waves, allowing the tide to carry them. Interestingly, throughout Christian iconography and literature, the pelican has long been a symbol for Christ’s passion and the Eucharist because of their vigilant and self-sacrificial nature, often wounding themselves to allow young to feed off their blood. Every time I see a pelican, I can’t help but think that once again, with eyes to see, we can encounter the passion of Jesus, right there on the beach in such a surprising way. For nothing is impossible for God.