Lent Reflection Sunday March 22

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Now, my soul is troubled, and what shall I say?  “Father, save me from this hour? But it was for this purpose that I came to this hour.”  John 12:27 

In today’s Gospel, we see a troubled Jesus.  He knows what is coming.  He is about to suffer and die by crucifixion. Is he at peace with it? Not exactly. He’s troubled.  But he is also sure of God’s calling on his life. When we pursue God’s will, feeling troubled sometimes is part of the destiny.

Following Jesus sometimes requires great sacrifice. But through prayer, our resolve will be firm.  Like Jesus, we will know our purpose.  And God will give us the strength to accomplish it.

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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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