Pictured above: Mother Cabrini as a young girl. With a dog!
Today at mass, we walked in and saw a whole bunch of little kids running around. First thought: “Uh oh…we stumbled upon the Children’s Mass. Turn back, turn back!” But no – it was such a beautiful experience!
We walked in and were welcomed by two little kids, probably around 5 years old each, and they greeted us with a warm. “Welcome to Mass.” How precious! The Gospel reading was about The Transfiguration, and the priest talked about how Jesus was surrounded by three friends: Peter, James, and John. He talked about how important it is to have friends near to us, and to recognize them in our life in good times and in not-so-good times. When I read the text closer (cause the homily geared for the kids didn’t quite do it for me!), I was struck by the following:
While he was still speaking, behold,
a bright cloud cast a shadow over them,
then from the cloud came a voice that said,
“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;
listen to him.”
When the disciples heard this, they fell prostrate
and were very much afraid.
But Jesus came and touched them, saying,
“Rise, and do not be afraid.”
And when the disciples raised their eyes,
they saw no one else but Jesus alone.
This excerpt is speaking volumes to me as Jesus continues to remind me to, “Rise, and do not be afraid.” In moments of stress, in moments of having so many things to do, I am reminded that all will be well. I can do all that I can do, and there is no need to fear or allow any negative spirits or thoughts to overwhelm or take over me. There’s no time for that! There is much work to do, and as long as I stay faithful and trust, stress and anxiety have no space in my life. Ah, what a reminder!
“All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well.” – Julian of Norwich
In all circumstances, I pray that I may see no one else, but Jesus alone. To keep my eyes on Him, and keep my path straight by dedication to all that is good and of love. But oh, what a challenge that is! I pray that I will continue to lift my eyes and heart, and especially in this Lenten season, I pray that my faith will be challenged and grow in ways that I had never imagined for myself.
Perhaps going to the Children’s Mass was not so bad after all. In fact, I think it was a good reminder to have faith like a child, and continue to look up to the Father who knows me the best.