14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Glenna Smith, OSB, Benedictine Sisters of Virgina, Bristow, VA
Do you really know Jesus? Has Jesus revealed God to you? Do you know about the promises of Christ? There are gifts, amazing, extravagant, joyful, glorious, salvific, and enduring, gifts beyond anything we can ask or imagine – and they come to the demands of Love.
I had a friend, now with God, who was a devout Southern Baptist, and she asked me as we sat in a restaurant one day in the very early 1980’s, near the Orlando International Airport, if I was saved. I replied that I was saved, and she said, “How do you know?” My response was quick and certain: I knew I was saved because I believed in the promises of Christ. That response was a true statement. I am coming to see, however, that the promises of Christ carry with them implications about which I knew very little forty years ago – and don’t really comprehend all these years later.
Even the beautiful promise in today’s Gospel, “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light,” requires a relationship with God, a level of maturity I did not, and likely do not, possess and could not have imagined. Jesus’ promises are filled with truth about what humanity is called to be, who and what we are to be through God and for others. In the mystery of God’s love, what is reveled to us, the simple, the broken, the immature, is all that is needed at whatever stage in life we find ourselves.
Sister Glenna Smith entered the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia in 1977 and has served her community and their ministries for 40+ years as teacher, prefect, camp director, counselor, principal and administrator, school psychologist, member of various boards, formation director, monastery coordinator, and subprioress. She was privileged to serve the Federation of Saint Scholastica as president from 2010-2014.