Reflections from Sr Catherine Griffiths, SNDdeN
One of my all time favorite Scripture reflections is found in Paul’s letter to the Colossians, chapter 3, verses 12 to 17. In my African Bible, New American Version, the caption for this section is entitled PROFILE OF A CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY. I pray it often and beg God to help me live it. The opening calls us God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved.
“God’s chosen ones”. How does that make you feel? What stirs up within you as you read these words? It goes on to say ”holy and beloved”. Yes, it is true. We are the beloved of God even though many of us may not always feel or believe it. God treasures us, loves us beyond all measure. And because we are God’s very own we are called to CLOTHE ourselves in all good things: kindness, humility and mercy among others, including forgiveness which isn’t always easy.
As baptized Christians we are invited to walk the holy way of Jesus. The call is to follow him as intimately as possible with his love and his grace. Above all, love as he loved. The passage goes on to say that the peace of Christ must reign in our hearts. I believe peace is something the whole world longs for. What would our world be like if peace reigned in the hearts of all people?
Further on, Paul calls us to THANKFULNESS. Years ago I read somewhere that the deepest prayer we could pray is one of GRATITUDE. During these times of the pandemic it is often difficult to ponder what we are really grateful for. I realize it may be easier for someone like myself who has everything I need. I believe that even if this is a most difficult time for you, if you are gently able to hold yourself in God’s loving embrace you will find the places of gratitude in your heart. And, hopefully, those places may help give you some peace amidst the turmoil.
Before closing this section, Paul, again invites us to “sing gratefully to God from your hearts in psalms, hymns, and inspired songs.“ As I wrote these words I felt joy spring up in my heart and spirit. Even if you are not a singer, is there a song that springs hope and joy in your heart? Maybe it becomes like a mantra for you during these troubled days.
And, in closing, “whatever you do, whether in speech or in action, do it in the name of the Lord Jesus”. This is our call, and with God’s help and grace, we can do it.
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