During the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Sister Christine Kresho, pastoral associate of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Silver Spring, MD, will provide our Sisters, Associates and friends with monthly Sabbath Reflections. Following is her contribution for the first Sunday in October:
The prophet Habakkuk seems to be reporting our daily news in this 21st century: destruction, violence, strife, and clamorous discord. And we have the same reaction as the people of his day: “Why, God, do you allow us to see your impotence when our world is so in need of your intervention?”
And God responds with a promise: “My vision still has time; hold on.” And as Paul tells Timothy, “stir into flame the gift of God.” We are reminded again of Pope Francis’ Prayer for the Jubilee Year of Mercy – that we would hear Jesus say, “If you knew the gift of God!”
Maybe we cry out with the apostles for an increase of faith. And God tells us that faith, tiny as a mustard seed, will enable us to be of service because all the good that we do, and all the good we want to do, is merely a response to God’s gift of unconditional love. We are indeed, as the created ones, destined to respond to our Creator’s love. However, it is not by our own power that we are able to be God’s word to the seekers or God’s song to those in need of mercy. The faith that enables us is gift; therefore, we should have no expectation to be rewarded as successful or profitable servants. But knowing that we are so treasured by the one who breathed us into life, we hold on to our loving God’s vision for us and for our world.
On those days when your faith seems to be mustard-seed-size, who or what enables you to hold on to God’s vision?
To wait for God’s vision does not imply passivity. If God’s vision has taken hold of you, how does that vision influence your conversations and decisions, such as political choices, volunteer services, and relationships with family, friends, and the dear neighbors?