God is Present in Our Midst

 

In this Sunday’s scripture, God spoke to Ezekiel to be his voice to the people…  We as women and men committed to the Gospel and Divine Compassion are also called to be God’s voice…   After experiencing Divine Compassion in contemplation and community, the prophetic dimension of our lives in mission leads us to action… and to be a voice for the voiceless… 

 

Paul reminds us, “Owe no debt to anyone except the debt that binds us to love one another.”  And Jesus tells us, “Wherever two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in their midst…”

 

Sunday’s scripture reminds me of the experience we had at the August Assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, where Nancy Schreck, OSF invited and challenged over 800 women religious: “HOLY MYSTERY IS BEING REVEALED IN OUR MIDST…  and WE WILL BE FAITHFUL, HOWEVER LONG THE NIGHT…” 

 

As many educators, children and families begin new school years, what a wonderful invitation these readings offer us all in the months and year to come…

 

Might we all commit ourselves to contemplatively noticing day in and day out:

How is God, Holy Mystery, Divine Compassion…present daily in our midst?
When and how am I being called to speak and act in the name of our commitment to the Gospel and our community charism and mission of compassion?
When and how are we being called to be the voice for those who are voiceless? 
How am I being called to be faithful, no matter how long the night?

 

Let us each recommit our lives to our RDC mission: to proclaim and witness by our lives and service the Compassionate Presence of God in our world.  We know Divine Compassion is always in our midst… Touched by God’s mercy, we are called to be life-giving women and men of prayer who respond to the signs of the times by embracing the sufferings of others and bringing God’s healing love to them.

 

As we approach the anniversary of September 11, let us hold specially in prayer all those families most deeply impacted by violence and war, poverty and homelessness, hunger and sickness, darkness and death…  Together may we be instruments of God’s compassion and reconciliation, committed to justice and peace for all.

 

Holy mystery IS being revealed in our midst… in our hearts, our lives, our relationships, our community and ministries this coming year…  And we are called to be faithful to the Gospel and Divine Compassion mission and mystery unfolding in our world today!  “What ought to be our gratitude to God who has brought you here and made you a part of it all.” - Mother Mary Veronica