REFLECTION: THOUGHTS FROM POPE FRANCIS- “If you break a computer it is a tragedy, but poverty, the needs, the dramas of so many people end up becoming the norm…If in so many parts of the world there are children who have nothing to eat., that’s not news, it seems normal. It cannot be this way!” I just heard a new song on KLOVE: some of the words are “Why don’t You do something, and God said “I did, I made you.” “If not us, than who?…………..Not sure the name, but it is a terrific song and goes very well with all these Reflections for Lent.
PRAYERS: I will set shepherds over them who will care for the, and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall any be missing, declares the LORD. Jeremiah 23:4
Good Shepherd, being a caretaker has drained me in many ways. When I want rest, my help is needed. When I want a night off, my vigilance is required. When I need care, there is no one around to care for me. O Lord, the cross of health that I carry as a caretaker is draining. Restore my soul. Renew my heart. Reinvigorate my ability to care for others. You are the Good Shepherd ever looking after your flock. Let me never be ashamed to say that you are my Good Shepherd. Amen. by Trevor Sutton. (I can’t say this applies to me at the moment, however, it can happen to anyone at any time. PLEASE PRAY FOR THE CARETAKERS OF THE ILL. I AM THINKING OF A FRIEND OF MIND IN PARTICULAR WHOM IS ALL OF A SUDDEN TAKING CARE OF HER MOTHER WHO WAS HEALTHY AS CAN BE LAST WEEK AND THEN HAD A STROKE. PLEASE PRAY FOR BOTH OF THEM
FAITHFUL TO THE CALL; Come, let us return to the LORD; for it Is He who has torn, and He will heal us. Hosea 6:1
Jesus wanted his disciples then and now to understand that we are sent into the world just as he was sent into the world–to heal, to cure and to proclaim the good news. Trust in that healing power. Trust that if we are living as the beloved, we will heal people whether or not we are aware of it. But we have to be faithful to that call. Healing happens often by leading people to gratitude, because the world is full of resentment. What is resentment? IT IS COLD ANGER. I’M ANGRY WITH HIM. I’M ANGRY AT THIS SITUATION. THIS IS NOT THE WAY I WANT IT. We tend to divide our past into good things to remember with gratitude and painful things to accept or reject. Once we accept this division, however, we quickly develop a mentality in which we hope to collect more good memories than bad memories, more things to be grateful for than things to be resentful about, more things to celebrate than to complain about.
CREATE IN ME A GRATEFUL HEART, GENTLE JESUS, SO THAT I CAN SPREAD YOUR HEALING MESSAGE.
Did you know that Mary, Jesus mother, was his first Disciple?
Have a forgiving Lent