Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Do over!

"Blessed are those...whom the master finds vigilant."
Luke 12:37
In today's Living Faith, Sr. Bridget Haase talks about this reading and wonderfully points out that Jesus comes daily, not just at the end of our lives or at the end of time.  Jesus is always coming to us and we want to be vigilant.  What does that mean exactly? How do we show our vigilance as we wait for Jesus' daily arrival?  Well, I think it means that we are looking for him.  We are anticipating Jesus coming around the next corner and we have the table set and are ready to greet him.  We are treating others with love and compassion, because they are the Jesus we meet regularly.  The difficult client, the grumpy teenager, the sullen spouse...they are all Jesus and how we treat them is how we greet Jesus himself.  Sometimes I wish I had a "do-over" with people--I recognize later that I just didn't get it right with them.  I didn't realize they were Jesus until it was too late!  Thanks be to God, there is another opportunity.  Pay attention this time!  Love, heidi
PS: I will be attending our third Spiritual Direction class the rest of this week; this time at the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood, Idaho!  I'm so excited to go there and so excited to continue on this journey of learning Spiritual Direction!  See you next week!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Today's the day!

"Our Lord showed me a little thing, the size of a hazel-nut, on the palm of my hand...In this 'little thing' I saw three truths. The first is that God made it; the second that God loves it; and the third is that God sustains it..."
Julian of Norwich, "Showings 5" (as quoted in "Give Us This Day")
Ah, it's Monday morning. Here we go again.  It is so often necessary to be reminded of how much we are loved by God.  Otherwise, what is the point in any of it?  There is no point.  The only purpose of our lives is to love and be loved by God...and that is a fabulous purpose for which to get up and do it all again on a Monday morning!  This particular Monday holds such promise for us!  Today, we will be surprised by God! Today, we have a chance to show God our love and devotion by loving others!  Today, if we are reading this, we are alive!  (If we are dead reading this I have a larger distribution than I thought!) Anyway, let's look upon this autumn Monday as the best, most fabulous opportunity to love and be loved by God. Today is our day!  Love, heidi