Lent Reflection Friday, March 6

WINE WomenIsrael loved Joseph best of all his sons, for he was the child of his old age; and he had made him a long tunic. When his brothers saw that their father loved him best of all his sons, they hated him.  Genesis 3-4

Joseph was the eleventh son of twelve brothers. Favored above all the sons, young Joseph received a colorful coat from his father. Overcome with jealousy, the envious brothers threw their younger sibling into a cistern.  But hatred did not prevail.  Eventually, Joseph becomes an esteemed ruler in the land of Egypt.

Most of us have felt jealousy at one time or another. It’s an uncomfortable feeling. When someone possesses wealth, beauty, or power, we may find ourselves thinking: I don’t really like that person

But when we envy another person, we are distracted from the gifts that are uniquely ours.

A couple weeks ago, I participated in the first W.I.N.E.  (Women in the New Evangelization) conference at Epiphany parish in Minneapolis.  There were almost 1,000 women that attended the event.   It was awesome to watch a team of volunteers, all women with a variety of gifts, serving one another.   We were cheering each other on in Christ!

The scriptures tell us that “there are different gifts but the same spirit is the source of them all” I Corinthians 12:4.

During these Lenten days, remember that each of us wears a colorful coat of gifts. When we admire our coats, love will always prevail.

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Nancy Jo Sullivan

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Nancy Jo Sullivan is an inspirational author and speaker. She has published with Random House, Guideposts, Readers Digest, and the Huffington Post. Her newest book, Small Mercies, was recently released by Loyola Press. In the book, she writes about God’s presence in motherhood, family, and love. Through poignant reflections, she recalls how she found God even in her darkest moments, especially in the months that followed the death of her daughter with Down’s syndrome. She reminds the reader that God is present in “every mess, burden, and blessing.” The mother of two grown daughters, Nancy Jo resides in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She loves hanging out with her daughters, teaching writing classes to kids with special needs, jogging, making spinach smoothies, and of course, writing about her imperfect life.

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