Thursday, February 28, 2019
by Sister Carolyn Zahringer
The concluding lines of Sunday's second reading from St. Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians caught my reflective eye.
“Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, be firm, steadfast, always fully devoted to the works of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”
With thoughts of Lent approaching, and our school staff journeying together via the ALPHA program, I am reminded that every day is a journey in faith. The word "alpha" means beginning. We are all at the beginning of some phase of our faith journey.
Lent affords us an opportunity to slow the pace of life a bit. ALPHA is an invitation to pause with “faith friends”, to pause together to share the journey. We each hold a piece of the truth. When we share our piece with another, the pieces fit together in amazing ways. God continues to work miracles in our lives. We might see them if our eyes of faith are open.
What surprises await us each new day and through our upcoming Lenten journey?
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"We each hold a piece of the truth." Interestingly, I find myself more & more realizing this particular truth in numerous & amazing ways through my involvement & participation in religious services other than Roman Catholic. That might sound brazen or shocking saying that, here, in this particular space, but it is not meant to be that way. It is meant to be understood as revelatory, as that is its awesomeness to me - revelatory of more and more, deeper and deeper truth. In fact, I find myself drawn to women priests (Episcopal Church); women pastors (Lutheran, Methodist); women ministers (servant-leaders, like at the YWCA). I find these experiences to be healing and empowering, something I am not - and have not been finding in the Roman Catholic Church. Yes, it's true: " When we share our piece with another, the pieces fit together in amazing ways." Thank you for affirming that beautiful truth, Sr. Carolyn! ~ Linda
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