Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for March 7, 2021

Reflection for March 7, 2021

A dwelling place for God

Jesus restores the temple and us to holiness 

by Sister Jane Riha

We have three marvelous Scripture passages to contemplate this third Sunday of Lent, beginning with the connection to our deepest roots in the Old Testament, the commandments and our ancestor Moses, and the presence of Jesus Incarnate walking the journey with us.

In this reflection, I invite you to focus on a line from the Gospel: “But Jesus would not trust himself to them because he knew them all, and did not need anyone to testify about human nature. He himself understood it well.” In this passage, we see Jesus with full emotion challenging the situation in the Temple. True to himself, he would not be complicit with the misuse of the Temple, by prophetically challenging those not reverencing this sacred dwelling.

Jesus understands our human frailties and strengths and continues to love us unconditionally. It is good to consider this especially during Lent when many Christians become more introspective, even hard on themselves. The Scriptures are filled with passages which reveal the compassionate and tender love of Jesus for the human family.

As we are at the midpoint of Lent, with the backdrop of the Gospel, we consider where we find the dwelling place of God. You might respond “in the church”. Our churches, like the Temple, are sacred places where we experience God’s presence in a significant way. It is not the only place. The dwelling of God among us is on the street where you live, in the poor you encounter waiting outside of Paul’s Pantry or St. John’s Homeless Shelter, your home the ‘domestic church’, and a myriad of other places where suffering and struggle are tempered with compassionate outreach by warm-hearted persons.

At this midpoint of Lent, we recall that Jesus said, “Destroy this Temple and in three days I will raise it up.” We know Jesus was referring to Himself. Walk gently with yourself and others recognizing the dwelling place of God among us.


03/03/2021 6:40 pm

Quoting Sister Jane:

"Walk gently with yourself and others recognizing the dwelling place of God among us."

Quoting Thich Nhat Hanh:

"Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet."

"... learn to live our life as a human being deeply; live each breath deeply so we have peace, joy and freedom as we breathe.”

“Life is a miracle, and being aware of simply this can already make us very happy.”

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”

Mindful Living; Meditative Walking according to Thich Nhat Hanh:

“Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile.

Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.”

Breathe ... Smile.... Step ... With each mindful step, a breath. ...

With each breath and mindful step, a smile.

Donna Doffing
03/05/2021 11:01 am

Thank you for your prayerful reflection to holiness. I find my dwelling place and peace in my home taking care of my husband. Smiling and bringing joy to him brings joy to me. Making connections with relatives and sharing their live . Also making connections with organizations that need my prayers and support

03/06/2021 8:06 am

With the sun shining I find God's peace when going for a walk.

03/06/2021 3:44 pm

Thank you for your reflections as we enter the midpoint of Lent. I find God's dwelling place in my times of prayer and then I am more able to find God's dwelling place in those around me, in the the needy I see and hear about in my area.

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