There’s Always Time…

…and from that time on
he looked for an opportunity to hand him over.

Matthew 26:16

One of the most enjoyable things that my husband and I did in our parish was to teach RCIA classes. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process through which adults who are interested in the faith learn more. Every year, those who joined us on this faith journey amazed us with their wonderful stories and their amazing perspectives.

Some years ago, an ninety-year-old gentleman enrolled. He had never been baptized, but he attended church with the wonderful woman whom he’d married half a century earlier. Her faith drew him in and what he found in our parish community kept him coming back for more. Every week, he and his wife set the tone of our classes with their wonderful smiles. I’m happy to report that they left every class with those smiles intact. Every Sunday, when these dear people join us at church, they renew my gratitude for the lifetime of possibilities God offers us all.

It seems to me that it’s never ever too late to adjust our direction, to embrace the things our souls long for and to do good. If only poor Judas had sought out God’s forgiveness for himself. Perhaps, at the last moment, he did.

Loving God, thank you for the lifetime of opportunities with which you gift each one of us. According to your schedule, it is never ever too late.

©2019 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

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It’s Time!

There is an appointed time for everything,
and a time for every affair under heaven.

Ecclesiastes 3:1

There is a time when each of us needs to step back to reflect upon the things which are important to us. There is a time when we need to consider what and who make us who we are. This Lent, as I attempt to bring healing to others, to this world and to myself, I wonder what it is that I hope this healing to accomplish.

When I consider the most influential people and events in my life, especially those who brought healing my way, I find that each one impacted upon my relationships with God and with those God has given me to love. Even unpleasant encounters have had influence because they’ve forced me to choose between a negative and a positive response. When I chose the higher road, I found great peace. I’ve also found myself to be a better human being than I’d been beforehand. I can only hope that the same is true of those I’ve tried to help and of this world of ours.

Lent 2019 offers an excellent opportunity for me to focus on the one who’s inspired my efforts for as long as I can remember. Jesus of Nazareth revealed everything I’ve come to know about God, God’s love for us and God’s faith in our ability to transform ourselves and one another. In the process, Jesus acknowledged that God fully expects us to transform this world into something spectacular. The best part of all if this is that when we love, we discover precisely who we are and what is important to us. Now’s the time!

Generous God, thank you for loving us and for your unshakable faith in us.

©2019 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

It’s Never Too Late

…and from that time on
he looked for an opportunity to hand him over.

Matthew 26:16

One of the most enjoyable things that my husband and I do in our parish is to teach RCIA classes. The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the process through which adults who are interested in the faith learn more. Every year, those who join us on this faith journey amaze us with their wonderful stories and amazing perspectives.

Some years ago, an eighty-year-old gentleman enrolled. He had never been baptized, but he attended church with the wonderful woman whom he dated. Her faith drew him in and what he found in our parish community kept him coming back for more. Every week, his wonderful smile was the first to greet us for class. I am happy to report that he left every class with that smile intact. This year, a ninety-two year-old joined us. This person’s presence has been a most enjoyable and most humbling experience.

It seems to me that it is never ever too late to adjust our direction and to embrace the things our souls long for. If only Judas had sought out God’s forgiveness for himself. Perhaps, at the last moment, he did.

Loving God, thank you for the lifetime of opportunities with which you gift each one of us. According to your schedule, it is never ever too late.

©2016 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

Stop and Think

The guards answered,
“Never before has anyone spoken like this man.”

John 7:46

There are times when each of us needs to step back to reflect upon the things which are important to us. There are times when we need to consider what and who make us who we are. Every year, I try to do this during Lent. Since my calendar tells me that Easter is only three weeks away, I need to apply myself a bit more vigorously to this endeavor.

When I consider the most influential people and events in my life, I find that each one impacted upon my relationship with God. Even unpleasant encounters have had influence because they forced me to choose between a negative or a positive response. When I chose the higher road, I found great peace as a result.

I engage in this bit of soul-searching during Lent because Jesus becomes the focus during these forty days. I join Christians everywhere in trying to emulate his special love for those in need in our good deeds and alms-giving. We also try to develop our own friendships with him. Our counterparts who walked with Jesus deserted him during the worst of his suffering. So it is that we spend extra time in prayer and in imitating his works. In the end, I find that my effort is repaid at least one-hundred-fold with the peace we all long for.

Generous God, thank you for revealing your wonder in the words and works of Jesus. Thank you for the faith which has caused me to take notice.

©2016 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved