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January 22nd – Called to unity


Scripture reflection. . .

First Reading: Isaiah 8:23 – 9:3

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 27  “The Lord is my light and my salvation.”

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:10-13,17

Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23

Taking a day of prayer today, I realized I was praying in a room containing three pictures of women significant to our Congregation. Two of our Foundresses: Mother Alphonse Maria Eppinger and Mother Honorina; and one of our Patron Saints, St. Teresa of Avila.

 

Mother Alphonse Maria Eppinger, Founder of the Sisters of the Holy Redeemer
Mother Alphonse Maria Eppinger, Founder of the Sisters of the Holy Redeemer
St. Teresa of Avila
St. Teresa of Avila

Have you ever experienced the presence of the communion of saints? For a brief moment I was aware of the prayers and presence of these  three women. None of them sought to be followed but only to follow the call of the Spirit. Thus they are “fingers pointing to the moon” calling us to unity of heart and mind. After all this is who the Trinity is, Father, Son and Spirit – a relationship of love and unity. I was reminded of the Readings of today, specifically Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians.  He calls for unity among believers primarily by  keeping our eyes on the One who does all good things, rather than relying upon other individuals. I can’t imagine the saints – known and unknown, seeking attention and authority. Rather they put all their trust in God, as did the individuals in today’s Gospel. Simon, Andrew, James, and John, in their simplicity and humility, heard a call and followed, believing that “The Lord is my light and my salvation.”  This common call united them in their future mission.

It is interesting to note that this Week of Christian Unity was preceded by the commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who gave his life for unity among all people; and yesterday the nation witnessed the unity among women of all backgrounds who gathered for the Women’s March.

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

Our experiences of unity this week included

Gathering at the home of one of our priest chaplains for a meal to continue the Christmas spirit of joy and hospitality.

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Joining together in prayer for unity in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., singing “We are one” with all people and creation.

Celebrating the birthday of our Sr. Kathy with a surprise meal and prayer of blessing on this new year of her life.

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Planting the first seeds in the greenhouse, brought together many of the community gardeners in the hopes of watching new life spring up in the weeks ahead. All those involved have experienced that working together for this common purpose creates community.

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Gathering with a family to comfort and grieve the loss of a long time employee and friend in one of our ministries.

Supporting one of our Redeemer Ministry Corps (RMC) volunteers who participated in a local Women’s  March.

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Daily gathering for Liturgy and prayer unites us with each other for the world.

In Your Life . . .

What have been your experiences of unity this week? When have you felt connected with others through a common purpose or in recognition of the sacredness of life and creation?

You may wish to listen to “We Are One”

Blessings on your week!

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