Sunday, September 14, 2014
Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
“Do not forget the works of the Lord!” (Psalm 78)
How easy it is for me to forget these days – an appointment, a birthday card I was planning to send and, yes, where I last put the car keys! While I can ascribe some of this to overload and maybe even a bit to memory loss, I wonder with the psalmist if forgetfulness is not part of the human condition of being inattentive to the “works of the Lord.”
Memory is a gift of our God that is of utmost importance, and it requires attentiveness to remember that it is given to remind us that ALL is Gift. Memory is how we function in daily life, how we recall both happy and sad lessons of life and ultimately how we stay connected with our God and with the entire Communion of Saints.
As I come to the end of each day, do I deliberately bring to mind the ways in which God has worked in my life during the last 24 hours? Do I recall the restful sleep and the ability to walk, talk, hear, see and relate to others? Do I remember when my impatience turned to patience through the inspiration and strength of the Spirit of God coming to rescue me from hurting another? Do I incline my ear to hear the Scripture of the day and the song of the bird? Do I feast my eyes on the glow of the morning and evening sky? Do I thank God for the people in my life, those who are with me now only in memory, as well as those who are with me day by day?
I have found that some of my most profound moments of remembering the works of the Lord come when what I thought I had forgotten or mislaid suddenly appears! That is indeed a proof for me that the works of the Lord are manifest. May I not forget to say thanks and remember that God is our Rock and Redeemer today as in the days when the psalms were first prayed by God’s Chosen People.
Hearken my people,
to my teaching, Incline Your ears to the words of my mouth.
I will open my mouth in a parable, I will utter mysteries from of old.
Sr. Kathleen Bierne
Vice President, Presentation Sister
NUMBERS 21:4B-9 • PSALM 78:1BC-2, 34-35, 36-37, 38 • PHILIPPIANS 2:6-11 • JOHN 3:13-17