CCUSA Lenten Reflection/Holy Saturday at the Vigil in the Holy Night of Easter (Mark Barry, Catholic Charities of Tennessee)

Posted 03/26/2016

When today's reflection assignment was received, I was taken aback. With so many readings, how can I not be inspired? Conversely, how can I choose just one thought upon which to reflect?

Moving through the readings was a journey itself. (Presumably, that's why this particular selection of readings is as it is.)

I was quickly reminded that God - in His mercy, wisdom, and, love - has been a part of our collective lives from the start, in so many ways. (How often do we fully see this in our lives, though? It's easy to see God's hand in a beautiful sunset. It is more challenging to see it in the lesser moments, driving to work or dashing through the local grocery store for some milk, for example.)

God is with us in our lives today in all ways, just as much as He was there with Abraham and Isaac at that distant location, Moses at the edge of the Red Sea, Noah with the rising waters, or Jesus on the cross. He is with us in the special moments. He is with us in the mundane.

"It is good that He is," I thought.

At that moment, the power of the very first reading (Genesis 1:1-2:2) became apparent through a single word...good.

Have you ever noticed how many times good appears in this reading?
• Light was good.
• The sea was good.
• The vegetation was good.
• The sky was good.
• Swimming creatures and winged birds were good.
• "Cattle, creeping things and wild animals of all kinds" were good.
• Finally, when everything, including male and female, had been created, "God looked at everything he had made, and he found it very good."

Good often is a word used to describe our work and those who perform it. (Catholic Charities does good work. She (or he) is such a good person.)

It is, as well, an apt description for those who bless us by allowing us to serve them...the homeless coming in for a meal, the single parent family receiving an emergency food box, the refugee family being resettled for a new life, the woman in a crisis pregnancy, the homeless family being rehoused, or the "job challenged" coming in to work at our Job Training Center.

God is good. The people we serve are good. Those who support our work are good. We are good.

God is good. Alleluia! Alleluia!

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