Saturday, March 11, 2017

Cathy Selin Has Something To Say

Second Sunday Of Lent

I have been thinking about love.At this time while we are still reeling from shock and daily being pummeled by accounts of anger, intolerance, violence and fear, I have been thinking about love. It has been gently arising everywhere. Someone sent out an email with one of my favorite quotes by Pedro Aruppe SJ, "...What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings,...Fall in love, stay in love and it will decide everything." The next day I was asked what is my intention for this lent and to my surprise, my response was, to fall in love with God again.

The readings for this Sunday have always spoken deeply to me. Gen 12:1-4a, was the first reading at my wedding. It seems to describe my faith journey; conversion, monastic life, marriage. Being led out into the desert away from the safe and familiar. Yet today for the first time the emphasis was specifically on love. I realize it has always been a passionate love that has sent me off into the unknown. I am not a brave person, fear has always had a great power over me, so nothing less than the power of real love could have moved me into an uncertain and unidentified promise.

It was love that jumped out at me in the Transfiguration. What other than love has the power to change, heal, transform and transfigure us. The words the divine speaks are of love, "This is my Son/Daughter, the Beloved..." The disciples though overcome with fear, at Jesus' touch, got up and saw only him.

I have known a man for many years whose son died a couple of years ago. A little while ago he started a Facebook group, "The Kindness Challenge", specifically in response to this loss. He believes in the power of these random acts of kindness to transform us, not just the recipient, but for all of us, whether we are even aware of the act or not. I am humbled and awed by him. Today, in these times, when intention and action are called for, I need the power of this love. I want to respond in my confusion, fear, and heartbreak with this kind of clarity, trust and purpose. Only love can give me this.

This lent, I want to fall totally, wildly, and completely in love with God again. 

Cathy Selin

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