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February 17th – Deep Roots

Scripture Reflection. . .

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading: Jeremiah 17:5-8

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 1 “Blessed are they who hope in the Lord.”

Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20

Gospel: Luke 6:17, 20-26

Today we hear of trees sending out roots towards flowing water. St. Paul in his first Letter to the Corinthians speaks of faith in the resurrection of Christ and our own hope of resurrection.  We also heard the beatitudes reminding us that those who are blessed are the humble and aware of their dependency on God:  the poor, hungry, weeping, excluded and persecuted.

As followers of Jesus we are called to send down ever deepening roots of faith that are nurtured by the flowing streams of God’s mercy and love. Such nourishment comes when we are open and empty enough to receive all that God offers; when we recognize our dependence on God.

Jesus points out the very real desires we as humans have for wealth, power, and security. We desire to fill the emptiness with stuff that does not satisfy. We desire to be happy and overlook joy and we desire to be admired and forget to love others.

However, if we spend time with the One who knows us fully and loves us totally,  who strips us of all pretenses and clothes us with humility we will be filled with a deep peace and joy whatever the seasons of our lives. This is what is means to have faith; to be “like a tree planted besides the waters that stretches out its roots to the stream.”

In Our Lives as Sisters of the Redeemer . . .

This week we joined our Redeemer Associates for their monthly prayer and meeting. The theme for the year has been the Beatitudes. This month we explored “Blessed are the merciful.” In order to have a merciful spirit we first must believe in God’s mercy – that God is mercy. How often we limit God’s mercy by judging and criticizing ourselves or others.  All God asks is that we let go of all these messages that are not of God so we can have space to receive God’s love and mercy.  We are called to sink our roots into this truth.

In Your Life . . .

Someone of another religion asked me the other day how I was going to observe Lent! Well it’s a good question and Lent actually begins in about 3 weeks. So it’s not too early to reflect on how you may want to meaningfully observe this liturgical season. One thing is clear, none of it will make sense unless you are in relationship with God. It’s not too early (or late) to plant your tree of prayer and allow your roots of faith to be nourished by God’s love and mercy.

Need help making space and time?  You may want to visit one of the following sites:

Creighton online ministries

Pray as you go

A beginners prayer guide

Blessings on your week!