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March 11th – Believing is freeing

Scripture Reflection . . .

Fourth Sunday of Lent

First Reading: 2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 137. “Let my tongue be silenced if I ever forget you!”

Second Reading: Ephesians 2:4-10

Gospel: John 3:14-21

Today’s Readings begin with the external structure of the Temple in Jerusalem that is destroyed with the lapse of faith of the people and the attack of the Babylonians and then rebuilt under the rule of the Persians.

St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians places the emphasis on God’s “great love” for the temple that is each individual; “For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for good works . . .”

The Gospel takes this message of God’s love and mercy deeper as Jesus proclaims the amazing truth of God: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.”

The message is simple: when we believe that God loves us no matter what, we don’t need to live in fear. We don’t need to hide from the light; we have nothing to hide; nothing to keep in the dark. Total unconditional love frees us from fear, also known as unworthiness, insecurity, unforgiveness . . .

Nothing can destroy the temple you are unless you choose to remain in fear and darkness. Even then God remains faithful waiting to raise you up again!

In Our Lives as Sisters of The Redeemer. . .

Several students from Michigan State University arrived last Sunday for a week of service during their Spring Break.  Their young  lives spoke of the presence of faith that cast out fear. They went out to new experiences each day, they met many different people, they shared their stories with us, they gathered for prayer each evening. They expressed an at-homeness with themselves, each other, and us that gives witness to a sense of being loved.

Our Province Leader once again took flight to Germany for Congregational meetings in a spirit of trust and openness. Again we see a witness to the peace and freedom that is the fruit of believing one is held in the love of God.

We celebrated another “Child of God” as Sister   Janet entered a new year of life. It is a gift to see someone enjoy their birthday so much. The joy that comes from knowing she is loved deeply.

This past week we also returned to our Chapel after freezing weather burst a pipe and caused a flood in January. While a Chapel is an external structure,  it is also a place of quiet and reverence that allows for an inner stillness. It is in the quiet that we grow deeper in faith of God’s love and mercy that is deeper than we can imagine.

In Your Life . . .

We invite you to read / listen and reflect on the lyrics to this song by a contemporary Christian band.

How do the words connect to your life? What does God want to share with you?

Tenth Avenue North

Here I am
All my intentions
All my obsessions
I want to lay them all down
In Your hands
Only Your love is vital
Though I’m not entitled
Still You call me Your child

God You don’t need me
But somehow You want me
Oh, how You love me
Somehow that frees me
To take my hands off of my life
And the way it should go

God You don’t need me
But somehow You want me
Oh, how You love me
Somehow that frees me
To open my hands up
And give You control
I give You control

I’ve had plans
Shattered and broken
Things I have hoped in
Fall through my hands
You have plans
To redeem and restore me
You’re behind and before me
Oh, help me believe

Oh, You want me
Somehow You want me
The King of Heaven wants me
So this world has lost it’s grip on me
Oh, You want me
Somehow You want me
The King of Heaven wants me
So this world has lost it’s grip on me

Songwriters: Jason Ingram / Matthew Bronleewe / Michael Donehey
Control lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Essential Music PublishinG

Blessings on your week!