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March 3rd – Open our eyes

Scripture Reflection . . .

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

First Reading:  Sirach 27:4-7

Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 92 “In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.”

Second Reading:  1 Corinthians 15:54-58

Gospel: Luke 6:39-45

The Scripture Readings offered today are good preparation for the liturgical season of Lent, which begins this week with Ash Wednesday. Like Advent prepares us for Christmas,  Lent offers us a time of reflection and retreat as we await the coming celebration of Easter.  A retreat calls us to withdraw, to step aside, to take a long look at our interior self. Often before a special holiday or arrival of guests, people set aside time to clean and straighten up their houses.

Lent is such a time to reflect on how we are living and ask what is the shape of our “house.”  The outward actions of service and almsgings flow from our desire for inner conversion.

The readings today are a call to examine our consciousness. What are the words we speak? What are the judgements we carry? What are the “logs” in our eyes that prevent us from seeing clearly? What fruit do we bear? What is the state of our hearts?

A key aspect of examining our lives is to seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance; to be able to gaze on our selves as God does. And God gazes with love – not judgment, which only increases negativity. St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians affirms that we have been clothed in incorruptibility and immortality. This is only possible because God has clothed us in love and mercy as revealed in the selfgiving love of Jesus.

In Our Lives as Sisters of the Redeemer . . .

There have been many preparations this week to welcome college students for a week of service: rooms readied, beds made, convent cleaned, food purchased, and schedule  finalized.  As we polish up the exterior we also prepare ourselves to be a welcoming presence; ready to be available to listen, learn and accompany our guests.

We also met together as a Congregation to begin preparations for a special meeting that will occur this summer. This time called us to deep reflection on the gifts each Sister has been gifted with and how these are shared for the common good.  The season of Lent will be sacred space to continue the discernment of gifts.

Our Sister involved in vocation ministry- the ministry of accompanying women discerning the call to religious life – participated in events that invited high school students to learn more about the life of Sisters. Such experiences provide opportunities for young people to examine their lives and to listen to God’s voice of love.

In Your Life . . .

As mentioned above, Lent is a time of retreat to examine one’s interior being as this is what flows out into actions (positive or negative).

We offer an Examination of Consciousness that requires 5 minutes each day

Blessings on your Lenten retreat!