Notre Dame College Provides Weekly Reflections for Lent: Reconciliation, Reaching out, Repairing the World

February 18, 2018: The First Sunday of Lent – The Desert and Rainbow

To be honest, this isn’t my favorite time of year.  Many people live without  Lent -  they ignore it or simply don’t give it much thought.  I have to admit, however, that the spirit of these weeks, the Sunday Mass readings and anticipation of Easter do make me stop and think.   What does this season have to do with me?

The readings this Sunday focus on two Lenten images:  a rainbow and the desert.  God uses the rainbow – a “bow in the clouds” - to say I love you, I really do, and to remind us of His Covenant, a promise that is sacred, lasting and serious. Love is that Covenant. 

The desert scene changes God’s promise into reality. In this desert, Jesus faces the obstacle to love:  evil itself.  Satan tempts Jesus to take a different way.  Jesus, however, is strong and knows which path his Father takes.  It’s one of pain and surrender, but it leads to joy.   “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand.  Repent and believe in the gospel.”  says Jesus.

We need Lent.  The other weeks of the year we work, buy, relate, study, busy ourselves with necessary and unnecessary activity.  We hardly have time to notice the rainbow or venture into the silent desert.  Lent gives us space and prepares us for the most important feast of all:  Easter.  Lent does have meaning for my life, and for your life.  May we all find that meaning!   

Sister Mary Ann McFadden, SND

Instructor for ESL students

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Ash Wednesday

February 14, 2018: Beginning the Lenten Journey: Reconciliation, Reaching out, Repairing the World

The Jewish community likes to use a rich phrase Tikkun olam, repairing the world, when considering the need for social justice and care for the common good. As we enter the Lenten season, Jesus seems to call for that kind of action, repairing the world effort, as we are encouraged today to fast, pray and do good.

The prophet, Joel, invites us, “Rend your hearts, not your garments, and return to the LORD, your God. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment.” In the Old Testament, people would often smear ash on their faces and tear their clothes to convey to others their effort to make up for their sin. Joel indicates that God wants a sincere heart not ripped clothing.

Each year, Lent offers each of us in the Christian community a chance to consider our journey. “Where am I? What is my relationship with God? Am I doing anything to make the world, my NDC group of friends, the world a better place? Do I think about my words? Where do I make an effort to help others? Can I set aside my phone for an hour one day a week and really be attentive to people in person?

Notre Dame College seeks to walk the path of reconciliation, repairing the world and reaching out during this Lenten season. This special link will connect faculty, staff, students, alumni, potential students, and board members with a weekly Lenten reflection written by a member of the NDC community.

As we take the first steps in the Lenten journey this Ash Wednesday, consider what your fasting will look like. Each one of us is called to a unique relationship with God and with our family and friends. Lent asks us to STOP! to find some time each day to pray for peace, for the sick, or for a troubled friend. Make Lent real this year! Hold yourself accountable each day for reaching out in some way to heal our environment, to heal a relationship, or perhaps heal yourself by overcoming a bad habit.

Watch for the reflections that will come from some of the Sisters of Notre Dame. Thank you ahead of time for those willing to share their reflections and a bit of their journey. Thank you to those who will read these reflections and walk in a way that leads to the reconciliation and repair of our world.   Sr. Carol Ziegler, SND, Chief Mission Officer

Sister Carol Ziegler, SND., Ph.D.

Chief Mission Officer

Executive Director of the Abrahamic Center

 

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