Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for March 22, 2020

Reflection for March 22, 2020

Chosen for this moment

Just as Samuel chose the unlikely David, we have been chosen to  show God's hope and generosity

by Sister Ann Rehrauer

As I reflected on this Sunday’s Scriptures, one of retired Bishop Robert Banks’ favorite hymns came to mind: Be Thou My Vision.

In the first reading, the Prophet Samuel was called to anoint a new King of Israel. As he looked on all Jesse’s sons who came before him, it was clear that God saw something Samuel didn’t. It was the youngest and seemingly least likely of the young men, who was God’s chosen.

David became one of Israel’s greatest kings and from his lineage the Messiah came. In his day, David was a great warrior and leader, but he was also a man whose human weakness was evident as he lusted after and eventually took another man’s wife. Yet God saw in David a person of faith who could accomplish God’s purpose in spite of his limitations.

In the Gospel account, God chose another unlikely vessel to manifest Jesus’ power. The man had been blind from birth and there was nothing outstanding about him except his disability. He came to Jesus, looking to be able to see – and received both physical vision and the gift of insight – to experience in the encounter with Jesus both physical healing and a deeper understanding of God’s action in his life. In response to that awareness, he became a follower of Jesus.

These days we are surrounded by very real fears and the economic uncertainty created by the deadly COVID-19 virus. For some people, this fear leads to panic and hoarding, anxiety about safety for children or parents, and concern that life (or they) will not be enough to provide for those they love. In others, it can elicit an outpouring of generosity to share resources with others who are in greater need. What makes the difference? What helps us overcome the terrible fears to reach beyond ourselves?

This weekend we pray for the insight of faith -- to trust the God who loves us, and who has chosen us for this moment. We pray to see with the eyes of God, to be able, in times of prudent quarantine, to avoid the pitfalls of isolationism, and to be people of hope and generosity in a world that desperately needs this sense of community.

“Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart; Naught be all else to me save that Thou art. Thou my best thought by day or by night, waking or sleeping Thy presence my light.”


Diann Wimmer
03/19/2020 2:17 pm

Thank you, Ann, for the reference to the words of the hymn, "Be Thou my Vision".

These days I study and prayer for a "new way of seeing". Therefore your reflection enhanced my prayer.

Always, "Thy presence my light".

Blessings of health and peace of heart.

Paul Fischer
03/20/2020 7:57 am

Ann....Thanks for the reminder for the Lord to "be my vision" in these times of isolation, uncertainty and stress we are all undergoing…..

Like the blind man, we have hope in Jesus, and his words of faith...…

Stay safe these days......

Claire Letourneaux
03/20/2020 8:25 am

Thank you for your insightful reflection and words of faith and hope. Blessings for good health to all of you. +++

Father Bill Jacobs
03/20/2020 8:51 am

Thank you so much for your words of comfort and and assistance in adjusting our visions within our Faith beliefs... Our God will watch over us - HE is our Father - we are His Sons & Daughters..

Tom Hartman
03/20/2020 8:59 am

I also liked the reference to, "Be Thou My Vision" which I have included in my own funeral liturgy plan. The mention of unlikely vessels gives me pause for personal reflection when I think of my own life.

Blessings. Thanks for the reflections done by you and the other Sisters.

Cheryl Mader
03/20/2020 10:36 am

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

And thanks be to God, for all God's blessings, every single day.

Greetings to all the sisters at the convent, hoping your day is full of grace.

03/20/2020 10:38 am

Love the hymn! I can feel God's presence.

Tom Vandervest
03/20/2020 10:56 am

Your reflection on today and the future for us calls us to have Faith and Trust and reach out beyond our selves.

Thank you Sister , Ann.

03/20/2020 4:14 pm

Teilhard de Chardin, "Mass on the World."

O G O D, Teach us to pray as you will .....

.... and let LIGHT penetrate all our broken places ...

03/21/2020 7:29 pm

Thank you Sister Ann for sharing this message.

God Bless!

Nancy Christoff
03/22/2020 9:51 pm

Love that hymn. Helps me focus on what's important today! Thanks for the excellent reflection.

Randy Miller
03/23/2020 6:06 am

Trust in God.

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