Reflection after the Word
By Sister Marilyn Zugish, CSC
Today we gather to witness the first profession of Ribha and Luxmi (Teresa). Headlines this week included: “Hundreds evicted from a Greek Refugee Camp”; “Teen cancer death rate causes alarm”; “Philippines prepare to summon 47 companies to account for climate change”; and there was news about Egypt Air losing a plane and Brazil enduring a coup. And, yet, Ribha and Luxmi are ready to commit themselves to Jesus’ way of relating to persons, possessions and power as they vow poverty, chastity and obedience.
What kind of world and Church will we be living in these next years? For some of us just a few years, for others quite a few. What will be needed to work toward the transformation of Church and society? Certainly, fundamental knowledge of Scripture, liturgy and theology – but also skills for change, for nonviolence and for compassionate listening. As sisters of the Holy Cross we live our vows in community and seek to grow together in response to God’s continued calling of each of us and of the Congregation. As we ponder the headlines and listen to scripture, we will, together, find a way.
We have in today’s readings some hints about how to live our vowed life in an apostolic community. Today we have heard:
Be Bold and Ask for Help: Jesus was pretty bold – getting into a boat and then asking for help. And Peter asked for help when the catch was so large.
Be Astonished: Simon Peter was astonished that the catch was so huge. Be astonished at the beauty that surrounds us and the abundance that our God provides.
Be Persistent: Samuel and Eli showed persistence as they tried to figure out who was calling and what response was needed. Be persistent – don’t expect immediate results and know that the daily journey may have its twists and turns but the road leads to God’s reign.
And St. Paul urges us to be one with the people and live peaceably, extending hospitality, holding fast to what is good.
And, above all – Be Genuine – that means be ourselves.
Be our Observant, Bold, Astonished, Persistent and Genuine selves.