Scripture Reflection . . .
Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Isaiah 49:14-15
Responsorial Psalm: 62 “Rest in God alone, my soul.”
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 4:1-5
Gospel: Matthew 6:24-34
On this Sunday before Lent begins we hear Readings that offer assurance of God’s love. From Isaiah, God likens himself to a mother with her infant, and proclaims ” I will never forget you.”
St. Paul in his First Letter to the Corinthians, writes of not being concerned of human judgment for he trusts in God, “for he will bring to light what is hidden in darkness . . .”
In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells us not to worry. “If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you? . . . Your Heavenly Father knows that you need [all these things].”
The Responsorial Psalm reiterates the message, “Rest in God alone.” And “He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed . . . Trust in him at all times, O my people! Pour out your hearts before him.”
God promises his presence and provision as we “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you.”
This is a kingdom of love and child-like trust.
In Our Lives as Sisters of The Holy Redeemer. . .
We recently decided to make peace the intention of our Tuesday evening communal prayer. This flows from our Province promise to promote a culture of peace and non- violence. We trust that as we seek the kingdom of peace; desire peace, God will work in and through us to provide peace to us individually, communally, and globally.
Thursday evening we shared a meal and conversation together for our monthly Province Gathering. It was a time to pray together and listen to updates from individual Sisters and our leadership team. We gather because we trust that God has drawn us together for a common purpose and continues to work through us as we depend upon the Holy Spirit.
On Friday, a luncheon was prepared for the many generous people who support the mission entrusted to us. We trust that God provides through the goodness of others.
In Your Life . . .
Lent begins this week with Ash Wednesday. It is a day of humble awareness of our need and dependence on God. This is not a God of condemnation and judgment but rather a God of tender love and mercy who promises to care for us more than a mother for her baby.
Perhaps you will want to take up Jesus’ invitation to trust more and worry less during these days of Lent. True, worry is part of human nature, but we can grow to be more aware of when we worry and why we worry. When you notice the effects of worry use this as a opportunity to turn to Jesus and ask for help to trust.
In the words of man seeking healing for his son in Mark’s Gospel, “I do believe, help my unbelief” (9:14-29).
You may also wish to make the Responsorial response your mantra during Lent when you feel worry creep in, “Rest in God alone, my soul.”
Then in turn we may be free enough to provide for the needs of others.
Blessing on your week and Lenten journey!