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February 21st – Waiting and waking

Scripture Reflection . . .

The Responsorial Psalm for the Second Sunday of Lent contains the verse

“Wait for the Lord with courage; be stouthearted, and wait for the Lord.”

In the First Reading from Genesis, Abram is seen waiting for a sign from the Lord.  While waiting he falls into a deep trance (Genesis 15: 5 – 18).

In the Gospel, Peter, John, and James all are “overcome by sleep” while Jesus is praying (Luke 9: 28-36). Yet they become fully awake as they behold Jesus transfigured before them.

The Second Reading declares, “Our citizenship is in heaven . . .” (Philippians 3:17 – 4:1).

These Readings bring to mind the recent Papal Mass in Ciudad de Juarez, on the Mexican – U.S. border.  The location is prophetic to begin with and then Pope Francis’ words reminding the world to have mercy and tears for and with those who are forced to migrate.  He calls all to deep connection with the story of the migrant.

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Once we hear another’s story we are awakened from our sleepiness – if we are listening both to the story and our own heart. And we realize that we are all human beings – we share common stories and a common citizenship undivided by walls and borders and oppression and prejudice – the kingdom of God.

Lent invites us to wait in faith and to wake up more fully to see the presence of God in one another.

In Our Lives as Sisters of The Holy Redeemer. . .

This week was a quiet week in that there were no significant events in the community.  It is the experience of waking each day and waiting to see where we will encounter God. This requires being alert and attentive to the present moment and the people we encounter in these moments: in ministry, in meetings, in planting seeds with community gardeners, in accompanying elderly Residents to Mass, in celebrating the life events of those who join us in our ministries . . .

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We give thanks to God who continually transforms our lives as we wake and wait each day.

In Your Life . . .

Perhaps  you can recall a recent experience:

of waiting. Was it waiting in line at the store? Waiting for an answer to a prayer? Whatever it was, what was it like for you to wait? What did you notice while waiting?

of waking. Can you recall a moment when you really saw someone or something – as if for the first time or in a new way?

how do these experiences connect you with the rest of humanity?

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You may wish to write some of your thoughts – perhaps God has more to reveal to you.

Blessings on you and this Second Week of Lent!

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