The Spirit will Intercede

Reflection for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time by FAN Board Secretary, Sr. Maryann Mueller, CSSF

This reflection was originally posted in our July 17th Newsletter

spiritIn this Sunday’s Gospel St. Matthew warns that the Kingdom of God on earth will not be realized without effort. The parable of the weeds among the wheat (Matt 13:24-31) teaches that there will always be negativity, violence and sin within both ourselves and others that will attempt to hinder the good in the world. However, even when evil appears to overwhelm us, either the evil of the world or the evil in each of us, Saint Paul assures us that the Spirit will come to our aid “for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit will intercede “with inexpressible groanings.” (Rom 8:26)

How else can a mother pray as she accompanies her 3 year old son across the border of Mexico after escaping gang related war in her country of birth and travelling for three months in conditions that will haunt her for the rest of her life? The Spirit within her cries out with inexpressible groanings of despair mixed with hope for the future.

The spirit groans with an inexpressible yearning for peace as Mariam, a loving caretaker for our elderly Franciscan Sisters, fasts six additional days for the intention of peace in our world after the official end of the month-long fast of Ramadan.

The spirit cries out with inexpressible groanings of hope for our dying home, Earth, each time a person makes the decision to act in protection of God’s creation.

It is when we know, feel and empathize with the pain in our world that we are most open to God and vulnerable to our own transformation. As the American poet Mary Oliver declares in her poem Praying: “It doesn’t have to be the blue iris, it could be weeds in a vacant lot” that calls us to prayer and is “the doorway into …a silence in which another voice may speak.” It is a silence in which the voice of the Spirit may speak with inexpressible groanings.

Sr. Maryann Mueller, CSSF
FAN Board Secretary

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