I am sacred.
My life is pretty good at present but that doesn’t stop me bashing myself up about the failures around and within me: the messy house, the people I have failed to contact, the garden fast becoming a jungle, being overweight – the list goes on. And that is just the things I am prepared to share about in a column like this, not my real personal failures.
So yesterday at Mass, I was struck by the reading from Paul where he states and states clearly that we are temples of God and therefore sacred. Me, sacred! Yes, I’ve heard it before but yesterday I was surprised by how radical it was. So, I took it on board and through the day affirmed my sacredness. I didn’t have to prove it, as it was something given to me just by being brought into existence. The world changed. The good in my life came to the fore and the negatives could be faced more realistically. I was more compassionate towards others…and was even able to enjoy that I had cleaned the laundry, done my mending and nearly all the ironing the day before. I could rejoice in the small successes.
Lent is an invitation to grow in life and love. So, for this Lent, I am taking up affirming of the Sacredness of my life. Forty days of saying, I am sacred, I am holy and that God is present in me and my life.
Loving God, as I enter into Lent, give me the wisdom of your Spirit to see how your love is at work in me and in all whom I love, making us holy, making us sacred. I ask this in Jesus’ name confident that you will hear me.
Sr Kym Harris osb