Scripture Reflection . . .
When I was growing up “GhostBusters” was a popular movie. I have actually never seen it but the theme song apparently made its way into the collective unconscious, If there’s something weird and it don’t look good, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!
On this First Sunday of Lent there appears to be a consistent message, call upon the Lord in faith and you will be heard:
“we cried to the Lord, the God of our fathers, and he heard our cry . . .” (Deuteronomy 26: 4:-10).
“[They] shall call upon me, and I will answer [them]” (Psalm 91).
‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved’ (Romans 10: 8-13).
The Gospel (Luke 4:1-13) recounts Jesus experience of temptation in the desert. The desert is a place of barrenness and desolation. Jesus is hungry – empty after 40 days of fasting. Then he is faced with the same things that vie for our attention and appeal to our need for safety, security, and power. In Jesus, we once again receive the message to trust in God alone. When faced with our neediness and emptiness, who we gonna call? Call upon the name of the Lord!
And since it is Valentine’s Day, just a reminder that God loves us and desires our good. This is the reason we have the faith to call upon him – God has first loved us and called us!
In Our Lives as Sisters of The Holy Redeemer . . .
We take this time to recall when we have called upon the Lord this past week:
Every morning and evening when we gather for Liturgy and communal prayer and when we come around the table for a meal.
When we pray with those with whom we minister whether bringing communion to patients, being a friendly visitor, beginning a meeting, providing direct care, speaking on the phone, providing food . . .
As we entered into Lent on Ash Wednesday and heard the words as our heads were marked with the sign of the cross, “Repent and believe in theGospel.” We were also reminded of Pope Francis’ encouragement to hear and live the joy of the Gospel!
As we began our Chapter – a special gathering that takes place every 5 years. We call upon the Spirit to lead us as we seek to live God’s desire for us in the world today. We are praying with the theme “Drawn by Mercy, Clothed in Love, Sent to Heal.”
On February 11th as we commemorated World Day of Prayer for the Sick with special prayer for all those cared for in our ministries and all their caregivers.
We also gave thanks to God for the individuals who provide nursing care for our elderly Sisters by sharing a special luncheon with them.
And as we celebrated the Feastday of one of our Sisters on the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes!
In Your Life . . .
As you journey into this season of Lent you may want to take time each day to reflect how often you call upon God each day and how often you depend upon yourself or seek safety, security, or power to fulfill your needs. This is a time to give thanks and re-turn to God.
Who you gonna call?
blessings on you and your week!