by Sister Francis Bangert
Recently I enjoyed the newly released Disney movie “Mary Poppins Returns”. For two hours of musical magic, viewers like myself were enchanted by looking at life’s losses, challenges, fears through a different lens ... a child’s eyes. “Everything is possible, even the impossible” was a line from the movie I remembered when reading Sunday's second reading from St. Paul, which states:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, it is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bear all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
Let your imagination wander. Picture a world shaped by Paul’s (and Jesus’) words. Seems impossible? Perhaps. But it CAN happen, one person at a time, when we choose to live respecting the dignity of one another, with kindness, selflessness, patience, humility, with faith, hope, endurance, in truth. What must you and I choose in order to make the impossible, possible?
In the church today we celebrate Consecrated Life Day. We pray with and for vowed women and men religious who have and are committing their lives to God in the service of the Church. At the same time, we pray for all women and men who through Baptism are called to serve the Church in all states of life, married, single, priesthood and consecrated life. Everyone can help make the impossible, possible.
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Sister Fran, I loved your missioning each of us to make this world a bit better with acts of kindness, compassion, and caring for each other as Jesus does for us and as St.Paul told his followers in Corinth. Am sending prayers for all of you religious sisters there on this special weekend. Please also remember our son, Fr. Luke Hansen in prayer this weekend -- Joyce Hansen