Memorial of Saint Josephine Bakhita
Today’s first reading reminded me of our founder, Saint Peter Julian Eymard, who in the famous story ran to be in the presence of the Lord and listen to Christ in the tabernacle. “How love is your dwelling place!” We, too, are still called to come to these places of glory where we know Christ’s presence is there on the altar we revere, the Blessed Sacrament reserved the Word and the gathered community. These “real presences,” the four-fold presence of Christ in our tradition, remind us how God dwells and makes all holy and sacred. Penultimately, the Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament connects us to the power of a God who loves and shares that love. We are called to run from the tabernacle to be God’s love in our world.
Yet, there is a strong contrast in the gospel passage today reminding us that the Pharisees saw observing the law and its rules as the way to live in God’s presence, not so much living the spirit of those laws. We are called to live the law of love, flowing from the sacrament into us and into the world.
That love should conquer slavery and evils in the world that unnecessarily bind us and enslave us so as not to be of service to the Blessed Sacrament. Today’s saint, Josephine Bahkita, reminds us of the call to overcome the laws that enslave us, like her own slavery, and call us to be better Christians. For her, the evils she suffered at the hands of others called her to be a person of hope who saw God’s presence in everything. She never let the boundaries of her slavery inhibit her from doing God’s work.
Let us take a look at our lives today, and find hope and the presence of God in our worries, anxiety, or sufferings. Let us develop a genuine desire to dwell in God constantly.
Let Us Pray:
Lord God, in your goodness, you draw us always into your presence and lift us up into your healing glory. May we always dwell with you and be mindful of sharing your love and kindness to others most in need, through Christ our Lord.
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