Scripture Reflection . . .
On this Sunday before Lent begins each Reading depicts an individual who is deeply aware of their limitations and sinfulness, yet each one receives encouragement and the grace to respond to God’s unique call for them.
Isaiah speaks, “I am a man of unclean lips, living among a people of unclean lips; yet my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” (Isaiah 6:1-8).
St. Paul in his First Letter to the Corinthians declares, “. . . I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace has not been ineffective” (15:1-11).
Peter, perplexed at Jesus’ instruction to cast out fishing nets replies, “Master, we have worked all night and have caught nothing, but at your command I will lower the nets.” Then in amazement at the ensuing catch of fish, Peter falls at the feet of Jesus confessing, “Depart from me, Lord, I am a sinful man” (Luke 5:1-11).
In their humility they each received the love and mercy of God – all is grace!
In Our Lives as Sisters of The Holy Redeemer. . .
looking back on this past week we reflect on the moments of grace:
We were humbled by the generosity of the owner of a local restaurant who delivered a full dinner! It was a wonderful occasion to celebrate the birthdays of two of our Sisters. All is grace.
On February 2nd the Church recognized World Day of Prayer for Consecrated Life. This day is a humble reminder that it is grace that gave, and continues to give, us the faith to respond to God’s unique call.
A few Sisters all happened to transition to new ministries this week. If you can recall starting a new job then you know this is a humbling experience! In the midst of the new beginnings grace abounded.
On Friday there was a time of Adoration. This is a grace-filled time to be before our God just as we are; aware of our needs and limitations; strengthened by Our Redeemer’s abundant love and mercy.
In Your Life . . .
Have you ever stood out under the night sky looking up at the vast expanse of stars (if not you may want to try this) and been starkly aware of your incredible smallness, yet deeply sure of God’s great love for you? Remember, and give thanks – all is grace!
Blessings on you and your week!