Reflection for Nov. 19, 2017

Thursday, November 16, 2017

God's goodness: A gift to be shared

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Through happiness and sorrow, we give praise to God as we lift each other up

by Sister Carolyn Zahringer

Sunday's opening prayer states that “God is the author of all that is good.”  So true.  God’s grace gives us the lens to see life more deeply.

The first reading is the same reading my brother chose for his wife’s Mass of Christian Burial last April. That reading sings the praises of a good “wife” or the life of any good person.  What makes a person’s life viewed as having been “good”?  The answer is God and the response is grace.

The Communion antiphon is from Psalm 73: “To be near God is my happiness, to place my hope in God the Lord.” My brother’s family models this hope and happiness as they have endured and embraced multiple challenges.  To cite just two: the death of a 6-year-old in a farm accident and the total loss of property in a house fire.  Never did this family abandon their faith journey. Their faith, prayer life and a supportive faith community helped them rise above each challenge.

What gifts do you have to share so that others may see God’s visible face in our time and space?


4 Comment(s)

  • Michelle B: Friday, November 17, 2017

    Inspiring, Sister Carrie, especially as we prepare to gather with our friends and family to "officially" thank God for His grace. Thank you!

  • Marie Buth: Friday, November 17, 2017

    God bless your brother & his family. What an inspiration they are to others. Through all of the tragedies in their lives they know that God is there to help them through it all. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Claire: Friday, November 17, 2017

    Great reflection that reminds us all that even in sad events there are blessings!!
    Thank you.

  • Barb: Saturday, November 18, 2017

    Beautiful reflection; reminding us to see the good life in our
    family & friends as we gather on Thanksgiving Day. Those who are influencing our lives today.