Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for July 3, 2022

Reflection for July 3, 2022

What the world needs

In the spirit of Jesus, we  can offer  compassion and peace 

by Sister Jane Riha

The Scripture readings for this Sunday, beginning with the Book of Isaiah, include the words of rejoicing, exulting and gladness and end with “rejoice for your names are written in heaven” at the conclusion of the Gospel. The Gospel reminds us that we are disciples; we are called by the Lord to bring a message of joy and peace to a chaotic world.

Jesus sent 72 disciples with an invitation to proclaim the values of God’s kingdom. The qualities of the disciples commissioned by Jesus apply equally to us today. The disciples were to live simply rather than consuming more than they needed. They were to speak words of peace upon entering a home. They were to be courageous and prayerful in confronting evil in its many forms.

The prophet Isaiah urged rejoicing in Jerusalem because her exiles in Babylon were returned. Mourning and grief were over and God comforted his people as a mother comforts a child. St. Paul reminds the Galatians that they are a new creation and blessed them with peace and mercy.

Jesus reminds his disciples that the journey of discipleship is not for the fainthearted. They are being sent as “lambs among wolves." They are to remain true to their convictions even with those who are not open to receiving them or their message. In that case, they are to move on to other towns and places. Jesus places confidence in these humble followers. When they return to share their experience of God’s power within them and around them, Jesus rejoices with them.

Modern-day disciples have different challenges than the early followers of Jesus.  In our current situations, with family, at work, on social media, etc., we can follow the path of discipleship. The world needs compassion, understanding, peace and kindness. If we convey these qualities, God’s presence will surely touch the lives of others. May peace be in your heart and in your home.


07/01/2022 9:44 am

Thank you for your perspective of today’s world with all the difficulties that compassion will go a long way.

07/01/2022 10:03 am

This world needs God and too many are finding Him in the wrong places and things.

07/02/2022 7:57 pm

Dear Sisters and Friends,

"This Is My Song," c 1964, Lorenz Corp.

This is my song O God of all the nations

A song of peace for lands afar and mine

This is my home the country where my heart is

Here are my hopes my dreams my holy shrine

But other hearts in other lands are beating

With hopes and dreams as true and high as mine

My country's skies are bluer than the ocean

And sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine

But other lands have sunlight too and clover

And skies are everywhere as blue as mine

So hear my song O God of all nations

A song of peace for their land and for mine

This is my prayer O God of all earth's kingdoms

your kingdom come on earth your will be done

Let Christ be lifted up till all shall serve you

And hearts united learn to live as one

O hear my prayer O God of all nations

Myself I give you let your will be done


I offer this blessed and anointed song, graced with the vision of the kin-dom of God on Earth, as Our Creator God intended Earth to be.

I offer this most beautiful and potent message in honor and in memory of Sr. Carlotta Ullmer, osf, at whose resurrection liturgy this song was song. I'm sure it was chosen by her, as she was so conscientious in all things "social justice."

I offer this prayer-song on this 4th of July weekend, with hope that this world-peace song, which keeps with the vision of the Gospel JESUS gave his entire life for, for "love of the WHOLE world [every culture and people on it] --" not just for one country -- (Jn. 3:16), will replace songs that are purely nationalistic, without any consideration for the Native Peoples that already lived here, and without any mention of the Black and other slaves, upon whose backs of poverty and oppression, the wealthy White population garnered more wealth, more land, more power.

I think of Sr. Carlotta this weekend, in thanksgiving for her courage, bravery, and conviction to speak truth for the righting of wrongs, for the sake of justice and peace, and healing.

+ Thank you, + Sr. Carlotta! + Pray for us! +

Sr Rose Jochmann
07/05/2022 8:40 am

Thank you for this reflection on the readings. A lot to consider, especially the reminder to compassion, peace, understanding and kindness.

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