2 Thessalonians 2:1–12
These readings bring back memories of my decision to go forward for Life Profession. Like the Israelites, I was over-whelmed with fear; the fear of trusting God with what was happening at the moment. Like the Thessalonians, I was shaken. I was confused and distressed by what I was hearing and feeling. The Israelites, Thessalonians and I were unable to stand firm in the faith when chaos reigned. We were unable to welcome God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit into our lives or to rest in their power and wisdom. Peace with God, self and others was absent.
God instructed the Israelites to breathe – calm oneself, have no fear, take care and take courage. This occurred for me when I was reading Psalm 37. It was in the paraphrasing of Psalm 37 in song and dancing to it that taught and helped me quieten my heart and mind so I could believe once again in God’s love for me – and to welcome Christ, once again, into my life with delight. It is the “take and eat and drink” of that Last Supper that sustains me today.
Today, I am more aware of welcoming Christ and others as a disposition or a way of being rather than an action, although to welcome someone requires action. Welcoming is a response of love and gratitude to Christ who welcomes us into his life at the Eucharist. We will then know the peace that passes all understanding.
- Sr. Brenda Jenner, SSJD