Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for Feb. 26, 2017

Reflection for Feb. 26, 2017

Keep your eyes on the prize

Could a mother or father forget a child or love one more than another? It’s hard to imagine answering yes but even if a parent could we can trust in God’s perfect love. Isaiah 49:15 says, “I will never forget you.” This passage coupled with other readings for this Sunday reminds us of the importance of keeping our attention on God’s kingdom. God loves us, knows us, and provides for us.

That God will "Never" forget us is powerful indeed, but it is sometimes difficult to reconcile that with "the innocent victims of hatred and violence" (Pope Francis' phrase) who are so numerous here and throughout the world.

Beautiful! Thank you.

You [and Pope Francis] are so correct, Robert. The 'forgetting' that we are, each one and all of us together, loved and created in pure love and goodness, itself, is from ourselves - from within our wounded egos. That is what 'sin' does; it makes us hurt and confused, feeling rejected, unwanted and unloved.

Suffering these effects of the loss of our innocence, our wounded ego creates defenses, walls, and barriers of every kind - including anger, jealousy, violence. It truly requires the intervention of God's grace, mercy, and love into our wounded souls in order to begin to 'see' (bring to light), and to 'not forget' "WHO" and "WHOSE" we are. "Amazing grace ....."

TY Sister K for your encouraging reflection of scripture from Isaiah!

I love those words from Isaiah. How sad for those who aren't aware of them, or never think of them when times are tough. I think the second reading is tricky these days. People confuse not judging people, with not judging actions. We can say someTHING is wrong, but can never say "THEREFORE you are condemned." Only God knows who is culpable.


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