Igniting Our Values
Igniting Our Values

February 27, Friday

Finding God in All Things

Full-time pastoral minister Meg Wilson approaches Finding God in All Things from the perspective of our call to create a just society and help bring about the Kingdom of God.

Scripture Readings

Sunday Readings - Week 1

GN 9:8-15
1 PT 3:18-22
MK 1:12-15

English
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/022215.cfm

Español
http://www.usccb.org/bible/lecturas/022215.cfm

A procedural note: our reflections and prayers will refer to the Sunday readings for the week, not the daily readings.

Daily Reflection

Mercy and the Kingdom of God
by Meg Madrigal Wilson

windowIf I acknowledge that God is to be found in all things, I must likewise acknowledge that it is often a challenge to do so. Not only is it difficult to discover God in situations of suffering but often I must look even more closely to find God in others. How often has God escaped my notice in my fellow parishioners?

The just God is easy to find in the generous and the compassionate (and those who volunteer for parish ministries!). The broken Christ is on view in the grieving and in those battered by life. But how readily do I acknowledge or even recognize God in the ugly, the cruel and the just plain annoying? How often do I even bother to look?

The concept of working to bring the Kingdom of God to the here and now by creating a just society has long been an animating principle for me. Christ, however, indicates that justice is actually the shadow side of the more expansive quality of mercy. His words and example serve as the place where the limits of justice bump against the boundlessness of forbearance.

Am I merciful? I have cringed when encountering those whose views are intolerant. I have pretended to listen to the petty remarks of the self-focused. I have sighed at the interruptions, forgetting that they are often the ministry itself. I have failed to open my heart to those I judged wrong-thinking. I must continually remind myself that to see God in all things and all people means I must look not only with the eyes of the just God but with those of the merciful God.

The psalms sing of a Lord who extols the path of righteousness. But they also anticipate a Christ who demands not only that we do what is right and good but that we stretch to do what is merciful – that we extend compassion to both others and ourselves again and again.

Misericordia y el Reino de Dios
Por: Meg Madrigal Wilson

Si reconozco que Dios se encuentra en todas las cosas, de la misma manera debo reconocer que hacerlo, representa un desafío. No sólo es difícil descubrir a Dios en situaciones de sufrimiento, muchas veces debo mirar más atentamente para encontrar a Dios en los otros. ¿Cuántas veces no he podido ver a Dios en mis compañeros parroquianos?

El Dios justo es fácil de encontrar en los generosos y compasivos (¡los voluntarios para los diversos ministerios de la parroquia!). El Cristo andrajoso lo vemos en el duelo y los maltratados por la vida. Pero, ¿cuán rápidamente reconocemos a Dios en el feo, el cruel, o el simplemente molesto? ¿Cuántas veces me tomo el trabajo de siquiera mirar?

El concepto de trabajar para encontrar el Reino de Dios aquí y ahora, a través de la creación de una sociedad justa, ha sido por mucho tiempo un animoso principio para mí. Cristo, sin embargo, nos indica que la justicia es en realidad la sombra de la cualidad aún más expansiva llamada misericordia. Sus palabras y ejemplos sirven como el lugar donde los límites de la justicia chocan contra la paciencia sin fin.

¿Soy misericordioso? Me he encogido en encuentros con aquellos con puntos de vista intolerantes. He simulado prestar atención a las insignificantes observaciones de los egocéntricos. He suspirado a las interrupciones, olvidándome de que ellas mismas son, muchas veces, el ministerio. No he abierto mi corazón a los que juzgué con ideas equivocadas. Debo recordarme continuamente, que ver a Dios en todas las cosas y en todas las personas, significa mirar no sólo con los ojos de un Dios justo, sino también con los de un Dios misericordioso.

Los salmos cantan cómo el Señor exalta el camino de los justos. Pero también anticipan un Cristo que demanda que no sólo hagamos lo que es justo y bueno, sino que nos extendamos a ser misericordiosos – que aumentemos nuestra compasión por los otros y por nosotros, una y otra vez.


Meg Madrigal Wilson is a pastoral minister at Gesu Parish in University Heights, an inner-ring suburb of Cleveland. She oversees the parish's service and outreach activities and prepares couples for marriage.




Prayer

Merciful God,
you are the one who loves all those I won’t love.
Help me accept the challenge to seek your face in all things,
not just the things and people I find attractive.
Change me today,
even a little bit,
so that I too may look for you in the ugly, the self-focused,
the cruel and the annoying.
And in finding you in all things
I will begin to see you even in my very self.
Amen.

Passages

artworkDo all the good you can by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.
: John Wesley

Every act, every word, every gesture of genuine compassion naturally nourishes our own hearts as well. It is not a question of who is healed first. When we attend to ourselves with compassion and mercy, more healing is made available for others. And when we serve others with an open and generous heart, great healing comes to us.
: Wayne Muller

Jesus identifies himself with those in need, with the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and those in prison. Love of God and love of neighbor have become one: in the least of the fellows we find Jesus himself, and in Jesus we find God.
: Pope Benedict XVI

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