Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for June 28, 2020

Reflection for June 28, 2020

A bed, table, chair and lamp

What kind of room have I prepared for God -- and God's people?

by Renae Bauer

She saw something holy in Elisha. Whatever it was, she felt compelled to make a room for him. This way, whenever he passed through Shunem he always would have a place to eat and rest. She made welcoming a holy person a priority.

Sunday’s first reading from the Second Book of Kings (4:8-11, 14-16) makes me wonder if I have prepared a sufficient room for God -- in my thoughts, words and actions. And then I wonder, since we are all made in the likeness of God, have I made room for everybody? What about the people who are excluded and have been for generations? What about the people who need a place to sleep, a meal to eat, or an acquaintance to talk to? Who else needs to be welcomed?


Father Bill Jacobs
06/26/2020 6:54 am

Good Morning!

Thanks for your wonderful reflection on inviting God into our homes. What if it were just someone important? What about a Priest, A Bishop? What about God? I like it!

Blessings to you & yours,

Father Bill Jacobs

06/26/2020 9:50 am

"Someone important ... ??" I always considered the Native American newspaper carrier in our neighborhood, a middle school age young boy, "very important" as I invited him into our home to chat a bit while I got the money for the monthly collection, including his tip. Likewise, I always considered the neighborhood children that others looked down on because of their poverty "very important" as they and I gathered apples from our summer apple tree together, and as I shared garden produce with them. Priests and religious visited and met in our home, too. As did family and friends, and meals were often shared there. No one was ever "more important" or "more special" than another. It just wasn't that way. Each and all of these were 'holy' encounters; 'holy' and meaningful experiences. I am grateful for each and every one of them. I learned from all of them. I "became" more fully human through each and all of them.

Mary A. Pierre
06/26/2020 12:18 pm

In appreciation for the thoughts and ideas you have given us to think about and pray about in these tumultuous times. May God bless you all.

06/28/2020 8:36 am

Thank you for this reflection to start my day. I will take your thoughts with me on my morning walk. Times are so different now due to Social Distancing, but I can always make a larger room in my heart for God. Have a blessed Sunday!

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