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February 19, 2021

Mt 9: 14-15

Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?” And Jesus said to them, “The wedding guests cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Jesus remains with us

The Pharisees are fasting today, grieving what they don’t have and waiting for what is yet to come. But the disciples are ready to party. Jesus is with them and they are seizing the moment, celebrating the lingering life of their loving companion.

Our year of pandemic feels like an endless fast. We continue to grieve the lives that are lost and pray for our long-awaited future. But our Gospel reminds us that, even in the desolate days of enduring isolation and loneliness, Jesus is with us. The Spirit of love is alive.

In these Lenten days, how might we tend our tired hearts so they can receive the promised gifts of Easter peace and joy?  How will Jesus come alongside us and share in our great feast, together?

—Carla Orlando coordinates Spiritual Direction Services for the Ignatian Spirituality Center in Seattle.

 

Prayer

Deep River.
My home is over Jordan.
Deep River, Lord,
I want to cross over into campground.

Oh, don't you want to go,
To the Gospel feast;
That Promised Land,
Where all is peace?

Deep River.
My home is over Jordan.
Oh, deep River, Lord,
I want to cross over into campground.

—African American spiritual


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February 19, 2021

Mt 9: 14-15

Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?” And Jesus said to them, “The wedding guests cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Jesus remains with us

The Pharisees are fasting today, grieving what they don’t have and waiting for what is yet to come. But the disciples are ready to party. Jesus is with them and they are seizing the moment, celebrating the lingering life of their loving companion.

Our year of pandemic feels like an endless fast. We continue to grieve the lives that are lost and pray for our long-awaited future. But our Gospel reminds us that, even in the desolate days of enduring isolation and loneliness, Jesus is with us. The Spirit of love is alive.

In these Lenten days, how might we tend our tired hearts so they can receive the promised gifts of Easter peace and joy?  How will Jesus come alongside us and share in our great feast, together?

—Carla Orlando coordinates Spiritual Direction Services for the Ignatian Spirituality Center in Seattle.

 

Prayer

Deep River.
My home is over Jordan.
Deep River, Lord,
I want to cross over into campground.

Oh, don't you want to go,
To the Gospel feast;
That Promised Land,
Where all is peace?

Deep River.
My home is over Jordan.
Oh, deep River, Lord,
I want to cross over into campground.

—African American spiritual


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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