Wherever we meet Him, we receive compassion and tender kindness
by Sister Carolyn Zahringer
Sunday, Feb. 14, is:
- The Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
- Valentine's Day
- Just days before Lent begins
- An invitation by St. Paul for us to “be imitators … of Christ”
- An invitation to experience healing
The Gospel (Mk. 1:40-45) shares a story of a leper being restored to health. The leper begs, “If you wish, you can make me clean.” Jesus is moved with pity and replies: “I do will it. Be made clean.”
The leper was on a journey of faith. The concept of journey is woven into life in a literal way and a spiritual way through our personal faith development. The leper in the story had to journey from the place where lepers were made to live because of their disease. He also made the journey of faith from a “safe” dwelling to search out Jesus to heal him. Who and what did he encounter as he made his way to Jesus? This can be our question as well.
In a recent copy of The Compass newspaper, a Twitter message from Pope Francis read as follows:
“We are always on a journey in life. Let us choose the path of God! We will discover that there are no unexpected events, no uphill path, and no night that cannot be faced with Jesus.”
With all that has happened in our outer and inner world in 2020 and still is part of our reality in 2021, the “dis-ease” we feel is an invitation to journey in faith at a deeper level. As the Lenten season draws near, we might ask ourselves:
- What have I/we done with our days of quarantine?
- How have I/we reached out to strengthen our relationship with the Lord and with others?
God bless our daily journey.