Holy Spirit calls us to bold hope
by Sister Francis Bangert
In today’s readings, Elijah and Peter’s experiences shed a brilliant light on our own present experiences. Both men were in chaotic situations of fear, powerlessness, and pending doom. Yet each of them heard a gentle invitation to move forward. Both listened and responded: Elijah was led to anoint Elisha to carry on his prophetic mission, Peter was chosen to lead the newly formed followers of Jesus.
In these uncertain times of pandemic and social unrest, tumultuous confusion can drown out the inner invitations of the Spirit and paralyze good intentions. Whether we are leader or follower, like Elijah and Peter, like the men and women on whose shoulders we stand, we are called to live into a ‘new normal’, with bold hope, deep faith, and tender compassion.
Also, today the Green Bay Diocese honors the Women Religious who, for 40, 50, 60, 70, 75 years have listened, and have acted through their religious profession to serve God and the people of God. Collectively they have given more than 4,900 years of loving service in upholding Gospel values through the challenges of their times. They are truly lights in the darkness. Special loving thanks is extended to Sister Sally Ann Brickner, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross for 60 years, for shedding a light in areas of justice and peace in our Diocese and beyond.
- How might this challenging time of social distancing invite a new path for your life?
- What do you need to let go of in order to hear that small voice within?