First Sunday of Lent: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/021818.cfm
Our oldest child moved to New York City for a three-month internship—a preparation for her career. She knew not one other soul in the city that never sleeps. I imagined her riding the subway all alone. I anxiously phoned her, “Liz, don’t forget you are loved. Don’t forget you belong to our family, no matter where you are. Don’t forget who you are—you are a child of God.”
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/021118.cfm
Jesus wills each person to belong.
The reversal is astonishing: the Old Testament priests ostracize those with leprosy with one declaration, “Unclean, unclean.” With scabs, pustule, or blotches, one was forced outside of society. Jesus, though, brings those with leprosy back into community through healing words, “Be made clean.” So great is Jesus’ desire for everyone to belong, so moved with pity, He risks everything—going against all religious norms—to reinstate each person into the human family. “Be made clean.” Jesus wills each person to belong.
Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/012818.cfm
Our youngest son Bob served as a scribe at a local emergency center. In a patient’s room, the scribe stands in the back, observing every action and recording every important word spoken by the doctor, nurse, or patient. Bob valued the work as he learned about medicine through experience; after two years of witnessing patient care, Bob felt he could even identify a few of the ailments. But as a scribe he had absolutely no power to speak, to diagnose, to prescribe, or to heal—he was one without authority.
Four-year-old Freddy burst into the kitchen, “Mimi, come and see! Come and see!” I was up to my elbows in dishes, but his eyes were bright with excitement. As I reached for the towel, he grabbed my hand and pulled me into the living room.
Third Sunday of Advent: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/121717.cfm
At an Advent retreat, Maria, mother of twelve living children, testified to the light. She spoke to the importance of listening and responding to the voice of God, which “is beautifully demanding—He asks us to give it all.” She encouraged us to obey and act, for “Jesus rewards the giving of even a cup of water.” Maria testifies to Jesus by serving countless cups each day: water, milk, love, hugs, kindness, encouragement, compassion, and discipline. Maria’s presence radiates an inner peace while juggling two toddlers on her lap and addressing several children vying for her attention. In the midst of busy days and endless work, she joyfully testifies to the light.
The blog on this page presents reflections on the Sunday readings through the lens of a parent/grandparent, aiding leaders of the domestic church in their vital task as “first heralds” or “first preachers” of the Good News in the home.