This Sunday’s readings are filled with images of the power of God’s love to calm the waves and still the storms as well as the reminder that God is present and loving us in the storms of our lives: “The Lord addressed Job out of the storm . . .” (Job 38:1); “They rejoiced that [the billows of the sea] were calmed” (Pslam 107); “The wind ceased and there was a great calm” (Mark 4:35-41).
The second reading, seemingly unconnected as is the custom, begins, “The love of Christ impels us,” and concludes, “So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: behold the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Corinthians 5:14-17). Perhaps it really is not so far removed. The storms in our lives do pass and with the power of faith and love are a source of transformation and new life.
In the lives of the Sisters . . .
While this week has not necessarily been a “stormy” week for the Sisters of the Holy Redeemer (other than frequent thunder and rain storms), there have been moments to witness the transforming power of day- to-day life and the power of God’s love to both calm and impel us forward.
A significant moment was the opportunity to gather for the farewell of one of the Redeemer Ministry Corps (RMC) volunteers. After serving as an RMC for 2 years, Kelly, headed off to begin the Physician Assistant program she has long anticipated. The power of God’s love has certainly transformed her and continues to impel her! An excerpt from her sharing follows:
I cannot begin to thank you enough for absolutely everything over the past two years. Your have been my support, my companions, my mentors and my friends. You have blessed me with laughter, with prayer, and with so many countless memories. You have taught me about loving with a servant’s heart, about selflessness, about hospitality, and about genuine faith. Countless times I have had the privilege of witnessing all of you living out the mission of care, comfort and heal. We have celebrated together, we have laughed together, but most
importantly we have journeyed together. We have touched each other’s lives in ways that only God could manifest and create and I’m certain that we have still yet to fathom the magnitude of effect that we have had on each other’s lives. For all of this, I will be forever grateful.
On another note, one of the Sisters announced she has experienced freedom! She completed her final paper for the course she is taking for health care mission. That certainly is an experience of calm after the storm! Congratulations Sr. Maryanne!
Three Sisters departed for a quiet vacation in the mountains of Pennsylvania last Sunday – an experience of calm and rest after much activity. We pray they return rested so impelled by God’s love they can get back into the boat and head out into the waters.
In your life . . .
These readings offer an invitation to notice God’s love at work in your life. When have you experience storms that have led to a deep calm and renewed energy because of God’s love and presence? When have you, like the disciples, been “filled with great awe” (Mark 4:40)? Perhaps you will be moved to journal about this reflection or offer a prayer of thanksgiving.
Blessings on your week.