Micah 7:14-15, 18-20; Luke 15:1-3, 11-32
Who is there like you, the God who removes guilt and pardons sin for the remnant of his inheritance; Who does not persist in anger forever, but delights rather in clemency, And will again have compassion on us, treading underfoot our guilt? You will cast into the depths of the sea all our sins…
Each of the characters in the gospel story look at life so differently, don’t they? The younger son wants something, something he’s not getting at home. So, his desires drive him into the big world to a life of dissipation. Somehow he figured that he could buy friendship and meaning and contentment by “squandering his inheritance.” His experience of emptiness drove him to “look for love in all the wrong places,” costing him his life.
Gen 37:3-4, 12-13, 17-18; Mt 21:33-43, 45-46
Today’s readings highlight Joseph and Jesus who came to greatness through slavery. Joseph and Jesus are similar in that they were betrayed by loved ones. Other similarities that grab my attention are the fact that both characters rose to help others through their adversity and that humans get sidetracked with over-comparing.
Jeremiah 17:5-10; Luke 16:19-31
The story of the rich man and the beggar at the gate is so familiar that it probably has lost its power to disturb us – as surely it should. Why? Well, there is no indication in the story that the rich man had broken any of the commandments – no indication that he even realized Lazarus lay in distress outside his door. So why this terrible reversal in the life after death? The message Jesus is conveying is not just that we should be generous. Of course we should! Not just that we should comfort those in need. Of course we should! It is much more.
The logo of the XXI General Chapter refers to the main theme:
„Do whatever he tells you” (Jn 2:5)
At the school of Mary Queen of the Apostles:
- let us listen and contemplate on the Word of God
- let us open ourselves to the newness of the Holy Spirit
- let us live and speak with joy
1. WORLD - THE ENCOUNTER
Patroness of the month - Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us
The heart of Mary. Mary was attentive to the concerns of Her heart. Her Immaculate Heart. And in it, there was and there is, the whole world. She was attentive and alert. Attentive with the mindfulness that embraces each and every one of us, embraces the world. Maybe that is how the secret of the meeting is born? Carrying the world in one’s heart and living in the world mindfully, but not belonging to it.
Intention of the month
Let us pray for the rulers of states: may our God and Lord direct their minds and hearts according to His will, so that there would be lasting peace and the prosperity of nations throughout the world.
1. THE INVITATION
"On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to this wedding."
It has been almost a year since we have been keeping our distance, limiting our meetings, contacting each other virtually, putting off invitations for some time "later"... But the wedding of our life is still going on.
God of Infinite Love, we live in a world longing for unity, peace and fraternity. In solidarity with all wounded creatures, we cry out to you on behalf of the peoples of all continents. You always listen to the pleas of your people and, when the fullness of time had come, you chose Mary to be the Mother of your Son.
She is the witness of evangelical listening and trust. In obedience of faith, she placed herself into your hands: Let it be done according to your word. Mary faithfully followed Jesus and became a model of the pilgrim Church: Do whatever He tells you. The Holy Spirit led her under the cross and then, into the Cenacle where her presence and prayer united the Apostles in the community of Christ's disciples.
To choose life
- is to choose God.
To choose God is to love.
Rome, Lent 2021
On the threshold of Lent, the liturgy of the Church puts us before a fundamental choice. In a passage from Deuteronomy we read: "Look! Today I am setting before you life and happiness, death and misfortune. (...) Today I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you, I am setting before you life and death, blessing and cursing. Therefore choose life" (Dt 30:15, 19). Choose life! What does it mean? How can we do that? What is life?
An online meeting between the General Government and the Provincial Leadership of the Polish Province took place on February 24th. Sr. Iwona Nadziejko, the Provincial Superior, gave a report on the life of the Province during the years 2018-2021. The presentation showed the joys and challenges of the Province.
On Saturday, February 20, 2021 4:00pm CET (Central European Time), the General Government had a Zoom meeting with the Provincial Leadership Team of the Queen of Apostles Province in the USA. Sister Mary Grace Barile, the Provincial Superior, gave a report on the current situation of the Province, presenting each community and its apostolates.
On February 18, 2021 an on-line meeting via Zoom was held between the General Government and the Government of the Rwanda/Congo Region. In her report, Sr. Angelini Kambugu, the Regional Superior, presented the current situation of the Region.
On February 16th, the General Government held a meeting via Zoom with the Provincial Government of the German Province: Sr. Astrid Meinert, Provincial Superior, Sr. Maria Landsberger, Vicar, and Councillors: Sr. Adelheid Scheloske, Sr. Ursula Schmitz and Sr. Simone Hachen. The meeting took place on the liturgical feast of Blessed Elisabetta Sanna; because of Ash Wednesday, it had been moved to the previous day. The meeting began with a report presenting the current situation of the communities, each of them marked by old age.