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March 25th – 5th Sunday of Lent
Reflection on Jer 31:31-34
Ps 51:3-4, 12-15
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Posted 02 June 2012 - 09:44 AM
Do others have problems with the Passionist site?
I cannot access Phatmass wirelessly at my home unless I go directly through my modem. My new Belkin router blocks ONLY Phatmass and I am a heavy user of the internet. I have tried everything. It happened when Phatmass went to the new format.
Posted 02 June 2012 - 11:14 AM
May 20th – Ascension of Our Lord
Reflection on Acts 1:1-11
Ps 47:2-3, 6-9
“The point of cloister is to get rid of the horizon!” That is how a rich and enthusiastic Scripture discussion concluded this Sunday, and although I do not have time to record all the insights that we shared with one another, I very much want to share with you this particular thread.
It all began as we delved into the mystery of Jesus being both in heaven and still in the world. Sr. Rose Marie put it this way: “As He ascends, He becomes more active in the world!” He departs, so that He can be more with me. What a glorious paradox! And it points directly to the gift of the Holy Spirit, which we celebrate next Sunday. Because Jesus ascended, He can and does send His glory and power to dwell in us… and His glory and power are given so that His Kingdom might be built up in and through us.
It was in this context that, as Sr. Mary Andrea was reflecting upon the verse in Acts in which Jesus promises that “you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth,” Sr. Cecilia Maria was suddenly struck by the breadth of the Lord’s plan. Have you ever noticed that Jesus jumps from “Judea and Samaria” to “the ends of the earth?” Probably for the fishermen of Galilee, Samaria was as far as the horizons of their worldview extended. If Jesus had mentioned Greece, Rome, Egypt, Persia… they probably would have panicked! So He tells them simply: by my power, you will be my witnesses in all the places you can imagine and beyond. As time progressed and they matured in their vocations as Apostles, they realized more and more what the Lord meant by “you will be my witnesses… to the ends of the earth.” They scattered throughout the known world, preaching and witnessing with their lives in order to spread the Kingdom. Their horizons expanded even to Spain, Gaul, and India! And throughout the centuries they have continued to expand: new continents, new hemispheres! God’s plan extended way beyond the tiny horizons of those eleven Galileans in Jerusalem.
“Isn’t that just like God?” Sr. Rose Marie exclaimed, “He is constantly expanding our horizons.” And Anne remarked that “two years ago I would never have imagined myself sitting here”. Indeed, with each of our lives, God does the same thing as He did with the Apostles. He loves to lead us into new realms of understanding and desire! “Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, what God has prepared for those who love Him…” and that is true even here on earth!
“And at a certain point, you just get rid of the horizon altogether!” Sr. Cecilia Maria laughed. At a certain point, you realize that God’s loving plan is infinite, and you surrender wholly to His guiding light, content to watch with joy as He unfolds His grace in and through you. How could any of us ever have imagined how many adventures we would embark upon, how many lives we would touch, how wide our hearts would be opened, when first He called us to follow Him?
“You know, it is really interesting that we are saying this as cloistered nuns,” observed Sr. Mary Andrea. “Most people would think the opposite is true of our life.”
“But in a sense, that is the whole point of the cloister.” Sr. Mary Veronica. We are called to be witnesses to the whole world, to pray for the whole world, to be channels of grace for the whole world and for countless souls. Yes! The whole point of the cloister is, ultimately, to get rid of the horizons of our human imagination and power, embracing instead the limitlessness of God’s love.