On Saturday, February 21, at St. Dunstan's Church in Fredericton, NB, the Regional Council held a consultative meeting. Attendance by members from Saint John, Woodstock, New Maryland and three of the Fredericton parishes made for lively discussions. Our meeting opened with an appropriate prayer service sharing selected quotes from Pope Francis. The objective of this consultative meeting was to launch a reflection among our members, at the local and diocesan levels, on the current and future contexts and issues surrounding Development and Peace, as part of the discussions leading to the Orientation Assembly. Breaking into groups to discuss the questions with which we were presented gave us ample areas to cover and resulted in a report that will prepare our reps to be well informed for the Orientation Assembly. Two members were then selected to attend that event to be held in Otterburne, Manitoba, June 12 - 14, 2015.
This is my beloved Son; listen to him. Mark 9.7
Biblical history reveals that journeys to the mountain were occasions for Divine encounters. When Jesus led Peter, James and John up a high mountain, no doubt they anticipated that something of wondrous magnitude would occur. We can only imagine their thoughts as they journeyed up the mountain led by their beloved rabbi, and how they were transformed by their mountain experience.
In Genesis 22, the first reading, Abraham is called upon to sacrifice what is most precious to him, Isaac. Abraham is tested to see how far he will go to keep his covenant with God. Take some time to reflect on who or what you have sacrificed in your past to keep your covenant with God. Recently for me, it was staying in a marriage where my husband did not share the spiritual journey with me in order to keep my family together and to honor our marriage covenant. What about now? Who or what keeps you from that divine union where nothing else matters? I ask myself, am I afraid to leave the comfort of friends to journey to the unknown? Am I too comfortable to risk setting out on my own with no clear path forward? Is my parish family one I am called to leave behind to find my current calling, but where I can also be fed?