Holy Spirit Province Saint-Esprit
Franciscans of Canada - Franciscains du Canada
Ordo Fratrum Minorum
I was going to leave my blog post at that for this week. I mean what more do we need? This last line from the Gospel of Matthew is an extension of the promise the angel made in the Annunciation of Jesus being named: Emmanuel – God with us. Our God with us, always. Forever. What else does one say about this?
Yet we seem NOT to remember this promise. It gets lost in our daily living and stresses; we forget it in the goodness as well. This week between Ascension and Pentecost is a good week to engrave this promise on our minds, on our hearts and on our lips. Each day whisper this promise to yourself as you begin and end your day.
Prince of Peace
with you always
in the womb and beyond the tomb
during pandemics and during natural disasters
when diagnoses come back negative or positive
as relationships crumble or are repaired
while at work or while at play
during prayer and serving others
when it has felt like too much or not enough
in the silence and in the noise
as we grow and age
when anger is present or when joy abounds
during stressful times and during relaxing times
while we grieve and, in our hope,
in other words – always.
to the end of the age.
forever and ever.
forever and ever and ever.
forever and ever and ever and ever.
Amen – so be it!
Let us remember this promise and
let it be the way that we greet each day,
let it be the way that we gather in prayer,
let it be the way that we share our gifts,
let it be the way that we serve others,
let it be the way that we embrace family and friends, strangers and enemies,
let it be the way that we express: “Peace be with you.”