In this month’s reflection, presented by Bev, we are reminded that God is constantly at work wherever we are, and in whichever situation we are in. The Holy Spirit is always at the heart of the work of all chaos and order, bringing new life.
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Begin with Prayer, then read Psalm 46
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Read the Scripture again to yourself. Notice how you feel.
Share a word, phrase, or sense that touches you.
Listen to the Reflection or Read the Script.
Ponder this Marist Moment:
“Mary intends to cover the whole earth with her mantle. Let us make this lovable mother known, let us bring people to love her. Let us win hearts for her. In winning them for Mary, we win them for Jesus. We win for them the most powerful protection. How could children forget their mother? Let us always hold on to her hand.” J.C. Colin Marist Founder
These questions can be used as a guide for your sharing
Share your first reaction to the reflection.
“We tend to think of chaos and order as opposites.” What is your experience of chaos bringing growth or order producing complacency?
When have you seen the work of the Spirit working in the connections between order and chaos? In your own life/in the Scriptures?
Trust, surrender and life focused on God are at the centre of the reflection. How does Mary at the Annunciation, Jesus’s surrender from the cross help you live the complexity of your life?
Pray with and for each other then conclude with this prayer.
O Mary my Queen,
I give into your sacred keeping and
commend to your special care and protection
my body and soul for this day and all the days of my life.
To you I commit my hopes and consolations,
my difficulties and sorrows, my life and death,
that through your intercession and your merits
all my actions may be directed
and disposed according to your will
and the will of your Son. Amen.