Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI

Reflection for March 18, 2018

A journey of the heart

by Sister Carolyn Zahringer

The Responsorial Psalm for this Sunday revisits the refrain and verses of Psalm 51 proclaimed on Ash Wednesday.  There is value in revisiting a Psalm of invitation five weeks into Lent.

Lent is a journey of the heart for each believer who experiences Lent with a measure of seriousness.  This year we began our Lenten journey on Valentine’s Day -- what a coincidence!

Our journey of faith begins at baptism and lasts a lifetime. This journey will challenge us and cause us to die to ourselves. Jesus says in Sunday's Gospel, “Amen, Amen I say to you: Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains a single grain. But if it dies, it bears much fruit” (Jn.12:24).  “Whoever serves me must follow me, says the Lord; and where I am, there also will my servant be” (Jn12:26).

As part of the new evangelization efforts in our diocese, each of us is asked to share the Good News wherever we go. To where will the journey lead us as we approach Holy Week?  Palm Sunday falls on the Feast of the Annunciation. What will we “hear” being announced? How will we share it?

 

Thank you Sister for your powerful reflection. What especially struck me is your statement that "Lent is a journey of the heart for believers who experience it with a measure of seriousness." WOW Mine to ponder

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