Thought for the Week

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

FROM ST. AUGUSTINE SPIRITUALITY CENTER

March 29-April 4, 2020

 

Today’s readings are full of references to the resurrection of all human beings. The Prophet Ezekiel 37:12-14 speaks of the Lord God opening the graves and having people rise from them to live in a new and wonderful place. St. Paul in Romans 8:8-11 says, “If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the one who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also, through his Spirit dwelling in you.” What a prospect to know that our physical bodies will rise intact with our souls! This body that has given us so much pleasure, as well as, pain will be rewarded, too. We have no idea as to what a glorified body will look like or how it will exist, but hearing the stories of the resurrected body of Jesus, we will be recognizable as ourselves.

 

The story in John 11: 1-45 gives us a glimpse of the power of Jesus. His dear friend, Lazarus has died.

Martha, Lazarus’ sister, petitions Jesus to save her brother. In fact, she admonishes Jesus for not being there, when Lazarus died. She had heard of Jesus healing sick people and had hoped that Jesus would do the same for her brother. Alas! It was not to be. Jesus demands a profession of faith on Martha’s part. She responds most memorably, “I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the one who is coming into the world.” However, even at the tomb, she is appalled, when Jesus orders the stone to be removed from the tomb. Always practical Martha says, “Lord, by now there will be a stench…” I’m sure the Lord was rather amused at this proclamation, but orders Lazarus to come out of the tomb. To the astonishment of everyone, he did so. Jesus tells us,”I am the Resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live…” The question to us is, “Do you believe this?”

 

There is a story of an old woman who use to walk along the seashore in early morning and pick up the stranded starfish and toss them back into the ocean. A young man observed this strange ritual and admonished the old woman for such a silly action. He told her that she would never be able to save all the starfish on the beach, so why bother trying? Why does it matter? The old woman said, “It matters to this one.” This, then, is our mission. To see that the interaction with another is important to them and it is for us to make it meaningful. Too often people with whom we come in contact are invisible – the grocery clerk, the “busboy,” the waitress, the postal worker, the runner, the co-worker, even, our own family members.

 

In the late 15th century Italy St. Francis of Paola, hermit, founded the Hermits of St. Francis of Assisi, later the Minims – least among men. His group took a fourth vow of perpetual Lenten fast. Though he preferred contemplation he was called into active life, as a miracle worker, prophet and influencer in political matters. Franciscan Media

 

On Saturday St. Isadore of Seville, Bishop and Doctor of the Church was “an amazingly learned man, who was sometimes called “The Schoolmaster of the Middle Ages,” because the encyclopedia he wrote was used as a textbook for nine centuries. He required seminaries to be built in every diocese, wrote a Rule for religious orders, and founded schools that taught every branch of learning. Isidore wrote numerous books, including a dictionary, an encyclopedia, a history of Goths, and a history of the world—beginning with creation! He completed the Mozarabic liturgy, which is still in use in Toledo, Spain. For all these reasons, Isidore has been suggested as patron of the Internet.” Franciscan Media

 

Let us continue to pray for a release from the virus scourge that is sweeping across our world. Let us use this time to renew our commitment of love toward our God and each other. Let us remember that each of us matters no matter where we are in the world. May mercy and the fullness of redemption be yours,

 

Sister Rosemarie Goins, Director