A New Birth
Monday, March 3, 2014
Monday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (I Peter 1:2)
After giving birth to her first son, my friend gasped, "I never want to do this again." I imagine she's not the only woman who had that feeling. Of course, she forgot that sentiment and has had several more children.
Peter is talking about a spiritual new birth that sometimes is not so pleasant, similar to physical childbirth. It seems as if we must labor to give birth to something new in our lives: we study to get a degree, work hard to get a promotion, or learn a painful honesty to overcome an addition. This could just fall into the category of "no pain, no gain," except that, as Peter tells us, there is a God-dimension to it. If it really is a spiritual rebirth - perhaps leading to a new way of serving people or leading to a more loving, freer ME - then God is the loving Father/Mother who gives this "new birth to a living hope."
Spiritually, we are the baby being pushed and pulled, not the Mom. We may be uncomfortable, tired, squeezed and scared of what the changes will mean, but God is at work. The resurrection of Jesus is the pledge of God's action in this labor.
You are our Father. You are our Mother.
You created the universe and brought everything into being and made it good.
Help us to trust Your action in our lives
and let You bring forth new dreams and new dimensions
as we trust in Your loving will for us.
We pray this in the Name of Jesus, our brother. Amen.
Sr. Mary Jo Polak, OSB
Benedictine Peace Center, Sacred Heart Monastery
1 PETER 1:3-9 • PSALM 111:1-2, 5-6, 9 AND 10C •MARK 10:17-27