Scripture Reflection . . .
Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Isaiah 49:3-6
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 40 “Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.”
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:1-3
Gospel: John 1:29-34
During my experience with Vocation Ministry (inviting women to Religious Life) there were many occasions to explore the meaning of vocation. It is simply the belief that each person is called by God. I like to add that each person is called by God to be who God created them to be – to be loved and to love; to know and believe we are loved by God and therefore called to love others as we are loved.
The Readings today remind us of this call. Isaiah speaks of being formed by God in the womb to be a light to the nations that others might be drawn back to God. St. Paul declares that we are called to be holy. What does it mean to be holy? Perhaps it means to be wholly ourselves with our gifts and vulnerabilities so we can live and love with a humble heart.
The Gospel recounts John the Baptist’s identification of Jesus as the Lamb of God, aided by the Holy Spirit, who like a dove descends upon Jesus at his baptism. John is humbly aware of his call to prepare the way of the Lord and as such perhaps assists Jesus in deepening his own call as he begins his public ministry.
In Our Lives as Sisters of The Holy Redeemer . . .
As this past week began we welcomed 5 students from Notre Dame who were called to participate in an “Urban Plunge” to learn more about the realities of those living in poverty. We were grateful for their presence among us for meals and prayers. May their experiences draw them deeper into their vocation.
We celebrated the birthdays of two of our Sisters this week giving thanks to God who called them into life and into our congregation.
Redeemer Associates gathered with us for their monthly prayer and meeting to deepen their call as lay men and women in the Church and world.
Several gardeners from our community garden participated in a bread baking workshop led by one of the gardeners whose family was called to share their gift of baking through a Philadelphia neighborhood bakery. Now she continues to share the tradition. There is nothing like the smell of fresh baked bread!
Each day we are encouraged to pray with the Responsorial Psalm, “Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.”
In Your Life . . .
As I read the Scriptures today I was reminded of quote. You may have heard it but I share it again as a reminder of our deeper call. So go ahead and let your light shine – you are loved!
Our deepest fear
is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear
is that we are powerful
It is our light, not our darkness,
that frightens us.
We ask ourselves,
“Who am I to be brilliant,
gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?”
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of GOD.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking,
so that people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest
the glory of GOD
It is not just in some of us,
it’s in everyone.
And, as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission
to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.
~ Marianne Williamson