Are you ever a little low on faith? Your cup is empty and you need a refill?
On the day after Laetare Sunday when we hear that most uplifting story of the bounteous love for the Prodigal Son, the prophet Isaiah tells us of the Lord creating “new heavens and a new earth” where there will be “rejoicing and happiness.” What a joyful thought! A place or a time when no longer will we hear “the sound of weeping” or the “sound of crying.” In this place there will be no infant deaths. Adults will be as a youth when they die at a hundred years.
Was the prophet Isaiah pointing to a time in the afterlife? Or was he speaking from real life experience of a family, a small town, or a neighborhood where the people treated everyone, from womb to tomb, with dignity, compassion, and love? Was he speaking of a God who wishes for us such a time and place in the here and now?
There is testimony from some of the earliest Blessed Sacrament religious who knew Father Eymard as a man who radiated great kindness and gentleness with those whom he served. Some even referred to him as “Père Aimable” (Father Lovable).
There is so much in life that is out of our control. What is possible, though, at every moment of our day is the option to create “new heavens and a new earth” by treating others with respect and dignity, no matter who they are or what they have done.
Lent is always a kind of a second chance for us to readjust our priorities, even our vision of living our baptismal call. What is my/our call this Lenten Monday?
Let us pray:
Dear Lord, I pray that our praying, fasting, and giving lead to greater kindness and gentleness to all those we meet today.
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)