by Sr. Marie Alice Ostry, ND
Musing on the readings for this Sunday I am struck by the idea that God is asking Samuel to “see” with a different perspective. Samuel is called to “move on” with God’s plan – “Fill your horn of oil and be on your way.” The Gospel of John also calls for the people to “see” as Jesus heals the man born blind. These two themes cause me to shift my “seeing” of what is truly happening around me, in my area of God’s realm. Do I open my eyes to what God is calling me “to be on your way” as God did to Samuel? How is it that I perceive the events of each day?
Jesus calls those around him to “see” beyond the immediate. There is something more to the event. How do I perceive and respond to the daily events which challenge me? Do I see only with my physical sight or is there something more that is present? I know that at times I go through life on “cruise control” with little or no reflection. I miss so much of the beauty and joy of God’s presence and call through those I meet and the encounters with creation.
These Sunday readings challenge me to pause, reflect, and open my eyes – spiritual and physical – to Who and what is calling me to a deeper life.
by Sr. Mary Kay Meagher, ND
This familiar passage of the Samaritan woman is a plenitude of sub stories and pregnant with areas of reflection.
What struck me in my reading this time is the section where Jesus calls her to her truth. He simple says “what you say is true…you have 5 husbands." In his reply there are no “tsk tsks, no you should know better, there are rules about this.” Just an open space for her to state her truth which liberates her to be in relationship with Jesus.
I think this is the heart of reconciliation, a space to state our truth. The results for this woman and her community are enormous. I wonder if each of us can be so tender with ourselves in stating our truth, in hearing another’s truth without judgment or measure?
by Cindy Wenninghoff, Notre Dame Associate
When we think of the season of Lent, we often concentrate on the fasting and sacrifice of these forty days. But Sunday’s readings provide us the hope we need to see the wonderful future ahead of us.
We see it in Abram, who at an old age is told to leave his home, to trust in God, that He will lead him to a new and better place with joys beyond imagination. It took great faith, to just leave everything behind and follow God’s words. He was very old, and it had to be very difficult for him, but God kept his promise to Abram.
Then in the Gospel, as Jesus is with His disciples, God shows them Jesus as our Lord, and tells us to listen to Him. He is the way to new life. Just as Abram followed God’s word, we too will find great joy in following Jesus’ word. What a great gift in this reading, to be shown God’s glory and reminded “not to be afraid” of what lies ahead. Lent is a season of sacrifice, but also of much hope.
by Sr. Rosalee Burke, ND
As we begin Lent again, we look at what God might be calling us to. What gift does God have in mind for us, what does God want us to give up or increase, and what are we to be more mindful of?
I like to choose one area in which I wish to work and do a specific thing each week. I frequently get so busy that I forget about other people. So Lent is a time for me to choose six people and do six different things with them.
It is the time together that matters. If I do not spend time with them, I lose track of what is happening in their lives and what an impact they are having in others’ lives. If I really listen to the other person, I am impressed by all that they are doing for others.
So if you are a little late in deciding what you are going to do this Lent, choose to spend time with a few friends and be impressed by what they are doing.