COUNTING OUR BLESSINGS BECAUSE OF THE SELF-SACRIFICE OF SO MANY RISKING THEIR LIVES FOR THE GOOD OF EVERYONE

God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life.  For God sent his Son into the world not to condemn the world, but so that through him the world might be saved.”   (John 3:16-17)

We are invited to spend some time in silence with this powerful text from today’s Gospel (John 3:16-21).

The deepest reflection we can have on this text today is an invitation to look at how our health care workers and essential service providers give their lives every day so that others may have life.

Let us “count our blessings” as St Eugene did in 1809:

Beginning with the happy moment when, regenerated in the saving waters of baptism, I was raised to the awesome dignity of child of God, loaded with my Saviour’s gifts, I could more easily count the successive and rapid movements of my breathing than the number of the incalculable benefits that this adorable Master has poured out on me in generous measure.

1809 EO XIV, n 48

With gratitude and prayers for the amazing “living blessings” of those who risk their lives for the good of all throughout the world. Thank you for being mirrors of God for us!

This entry was posted in WRITINGS. Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to COUNTING OUR BLESSINGS BECAUSE OF THE SELF-SACRIFICE OF SO MANY RISKING THEIR LIVES FOR THE GOOD OF EVERYONE

  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    To the Front Line workers – yes thank you for entering and doing what no others could do, no matter the dangers to yourselves and your families. “Thank you for being mirrors of God for us!”

    Thank you to the cleaners who disinfected, over and over again. And thank you to the doctors and nurses who continued to care for all who were sick. For the factory workers who worked so hard to produce goods that were badly needed. Thank you to the transit workers who made sure that all were able to get to the stores and jobs. Thank you for being mirrors of God for us!

    For all of the many front line volunteers like the School Board staff who went into the closed schools to get the 3D printers to help make face shields for our health care workers. Thank you to the store workers who remained at work so that we could get the food and products for those of us who were a part of the ‘lockdown’. Thank you to the teachers who continue to teach, guide and lead us, helping all of us to get through this ordeal which is not yet over. Thank you for being mirrors of God for us!

    So many new levels of front line workers… our friends and neighbours help us to ‘be’ with each other so we are not alone. Thank you for being mirrors of God for us!

    There is an image that comes to mind from my studies. It is of St. Eugene climbing some stairs, he is leading the way with an army of people behind him of people who come from all walks of life, men and women called to be who and where they are. The Mazenodian Family, we too play our part and give thanks to each other for being mirrors of God!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *