"My own sin will not hinder the working of God's goodness."
Julian of Norwich, "Christian Mystics," by Matthew Fox
In today's first reading, Genesis 4:1-15, 25, we meet the offspring of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel. We know the story--Cain kills Abel due to jealousy; Abel's sacrifice was pleasing to God and, for some reason, Cain's was not. God banishes Cain from his work tilling the soil and he is left to be a restless wanderer. Similar to this truth from Julian of Norwich, Cain's murderous sin did not hinder the working of God's goodness. God did not condemn Cain forever, rather, God put a mark on Cain to protect him from anyone who would have murderous thoughts against him. God gave Cain a second chance, albeit with a new vocation, but a second chance was given. What about us? If we ever have the notion that we are unlovable or not worthy of God's forgiveness and love, we must remember that anything we could ever do could not hinder God's good work. We can help God by rolling up our sleeves, but our naughtiness cannot hinder God. God's goodness is just too good for that! So, knowing that, let's get our there this February Monday and help in God's work of goodness in our world today. What is God inviting us to do? Love, heidi