Memorial of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, religious
“The people who sit in darkness have seen a great light; on those dwelling in the land overshadowed by death, a light has risen.” These words from Isaiah find their fulfillment as Jesus begins his ministry. His preaching calls for us to repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
He is that great light that leads us to a change of heart that will result in a change in our lifestyle. Jesus shows us what that means by caring for those who were sick and racked with pain. His love and compassion in curing diseases changed the lives of those who encountered him.
Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, who we remember today, gives us an example of how a change in heart and lifestyle brings the Kingdom to reality in our world. From socialite to foundress of a religious order serving the poor through education and healthcare, her life was transformed. Her desire to receive the bread of life led her to convert to the Catholic faith. Through fidelity to God’s will in her life, she was able to change the lives of so many around her, even to our present-day through her Sisters of Charity.
Saint Peter Julian Eymard wrote that Our Lord wishes to live again, to find a soul that can truly love, labor, and sacrifice. “His incarnation is recommenced. The Father sees him again poor, chaste, obedient, meek, and humble as in the days of his mortal life. He lives again in us. Our actions are his as much as our own.”
We are the people sitting in the darkness of a pandemic and discord. How are we called to change our hearts and actions to bring about healing and relieve one another’s pain? How can we be the light today? How does Christ live again in us?
Let Us Pray:
Father, we give you thanks for lighting the darkness of our world with the Light of life. May your Spirit fill our hearts with that light that we may bring his light into the darkness of this pandemic by bringing healing and hope to one another. Amen.
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