Our Three Days

My priest asked me to write a spiritual communion reflection for our parishioners to meditate upon in place of the physical body and blood of Christ we’d receive during the Mass. I’m honored by his request, and by the opportunity to share my reflection here, with you.

“… but on the third day He will rise.” Luke 18:33

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Forced to keep our distance from others, the sacred Mass, and Holy Communion, we find ourselves united with the first disciples. They were forced to go without Jesus after He died on the cross. Instead, on that Good Friday and Holy Saturday, they hid themselves in the upper room, locked away in fear, trying to protect themselves from the Roman soldiers who could come for them at any minute. Continue reading

Quid Pro Quo

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“When you have done all you have been commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.’” Luke 17:10

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Now that my kids are older, and especially since going back to work, I’ve transferred a lot of chores and tasks to them. I want my kids to learn to pull their own weight. I don’t want them to become entitled, like so many of their generation. Also, in all honesty, I need their help in order to survive.

Yet, what I’m finding is that the more time passes, the more I’m raising them in a quid pro quo style: “I do this for you … So, you do that for me.” Although it’s working, this Scripture passage makes me doubt my approach, and my motive. Continue reading

There Is Always Good

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good… Romans 8:28a

IMG_5304Last week, in his meditation on the meaning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pope Francis said, “It’s not God’s judgment on humanity, but God’s call on people to judge what is most important to them, and resolve to act accordingly from now on.” Like him, I’ve always believed there is good in every situation, no matter how bleak. As we all quarantine ourselves, it’s the perfect time to take Pope Francis’ words to heart and take stock of our lives. Continue reading

Varying Our Motherhood

I, the Lord, explore the mind and test the heart, giving all according to their ways, according to the fruit of their deeds. Jeremiah 17:10

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I’d hazard a guess that the beginning of motherhood was the same for each one of us: Our first child trained us up to be the mom we needed to be. I, for one, worked hard to meet Zack’s needs, stretching myself in ways I hadn’t thought possible. But you do what you have to do. I did, and I thought I was good to go.

When my second child, Mason, came along, my confidence level was high. I knew exactly what to do to mother him. Oh how wrong I was! Continue reading

We All Need to Be Moses

“I will be standing there in front of you on the rock in Horab.” Exodus 17:6

3.20.20 We All Need to Be MosesAfter Moses led the people out of Egypt, they grumbled that they were so thirsty they were going to die. That grumbling increased to the point of hysteria. Moses’ own words reveal the mob mentality when He turns to God, and cries, “What shall I do with this people? A little more and they will stone me?” (Exodus 17:4)

God’s response is to tell Moses where He needs to go to see God Himself standing before Him. Where God is is where the solution lies. Moses strikes the rock God is standing on, water springs forth, and the people’s need is met.

There couldn’t be a more appropriate time for this passage than now, with the COVID-19 hysteria rising by the minute.

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