Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Jesus became poor to be among us and to give
us God's richness
When you have a few minutes, gaze upon the image below which
features one of the stained-glass windows at our Motherhouse. Then
consider one or each reflective question.
- In the first reading from the Book of Wisdom, we hear that God
formed us to be imperishable. How does this alter your outlook on
- The second reading describes Jesus as once rich but became poor
for us. Do you see yourself as rich because of your faith?
- In Mark's Gospel, Jesus instructs us not to be afraid but
rather to have faith, then he awakens a child who everyone believes
is dead. Does this comfort you as you reflect on the death of a
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
'I shall not leave you orphans' is Jesus'
promise to us
by Sister Renee Delvaux
Did you know that the Ascension of the Lord is not one isolated
event, and that Jesus did not float up into the sky on a white
cloud? When we read in Acts that "a cloud took him from their
sight" and in Mark's Gospel that the "Lord Jesus ... was taken up
into heaven" it means that Jesus is totally and forever reunited
with His Father. In Scripture a cloud is very often a symbol for
God, so God the Father took His incarnate Son back to Himself.
The Ascension is a part of the Paschal mystery in which Jesus'
death, Resurrection, Ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit
form one single movement. The Church highlights these events so we
can celebrate each profound mystery throughout the 50 days, from
Easter Sunday until Pentecost (which is next Sunday).
The beauty of Jesus' Ascension, His triumph and glorification is
that it is a promise that with Jesus we will have everlasting life
in God. Jesus promises that He has prepared a place for us and we
will join Him. Moreover, He assures us with "I shall not leave you
orphans" (Jn 14:3). He is with us now and we will join Him later.
What total gift, what self-giving love! What reason we have for
Alleluia! We rejoice in Jesus' Ascension! Alleluia!
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Put away the GPS; only Jesus can guide us to
by Sister Lynne Marie Simonich
In the Gospel for the fifth Sunday of Easter, Jesus reminds his
disciples that they have nothing to fear -- he has a place for
them, a room he is preparing for them -- a place in his heavenly
home. They aren't quite sure where this home is. We would probably
try to find this home using a GPS, a Google search or Mapquest.
Even with these we would not find it. We need Jesus!
Jesus is the map, the guide, the road, the way to the Father and
to that eternal dwelling. Before we get to that home,
however, we have work to do in our earthly dwelling. We are
challenged to form a church where mercy and love, justice and peace
are present with Jesus as our foundation. Our church "home" will
welcome all people and be a place where God's compassion is shown
in word and action. How will we continue to create that church
Jesus promises us that, if we believe, we will do the works that
he did. That truth -- his presence with us -- will not fail us or
leave us. Let us ask the Lord of Life to help us show others the
way home where that heavenly dwelling awaits us.
- What are the "works" Jesus empowers us to do?
- What makes a place "home"?
- Is the church your home?