Prayer Shawl Ministry, St. Mary Parish, Shrewsbury
04 April, 2014
Sunday, April 6, 2014...5th Sunday of Lent
From today's Responsorial Psalm:
"With the Lord there is mercy and redemption" PS 130
Today's responsorial psalm reminds us that God is merciful and forgiving...we. as knitters, frequently make mistakes; dropped stitches, an error in the flow of the pattern, or a ball of yarn that becomes hopelessly tangled... but these are just frustrating roadblocks along the way to the finished prayer shawl and God sees the beauty, not the mistakes, in our humble garments of love...just as He forgives our sinfulness; our mistakes along the way to everlasting life.
From today's second reading: "And hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us" Romans 5: 1-2 5-8
This excerpt from today's second reading is a reminder to our ministry that God pours His love and the love of the Holy Spirit into our hands as we take up our needles and knit stitches of hope into our shawls. Have a blessed week!
From today's Responsorial Psalm...."A clean heart create for me oh God and a steadfast spirit renew in me."
What we as knitters sometimes need is a sense of renewal and cleansing.. a steadfastness to continue our task....the will to pick up our needles and continue to form our mantles of love when it seems as if our shawl will never be finished!
Sunday, December 29, 2013....the Feast of the Holy Family, Jesus, Mary and Joseph
We, as women, know very well the qualities it takes to be loving spouses, mothers, daughters, sisters, friends and members of extended families. As we honor the holy family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph today, let us take the words of the second reading and apply them to our own lives and ministry
Put on, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, bearing with one another ........and whatever you do in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him" Reading 2 COL 3: 12-21
The fourth candle on the Advent wreath is now burning....a circle of fire, a circle of hope. The waiting is almost over...let us follow the light just as the wise men followed it over two thousands years ago, so that we might find Mary, Joseph and the Infant Jesus, the Light of the World now waiting for us in the Manger on Christmas Day.
"Come Lord Jesus. Come and visit Your people. We await Your coming. Come O Lord"
The third Sunday of Advent makes us realize that the joyful feast of Christmas is coming ever closer. One of todays readings reminds us to be patient. Our knitting also requires patience....dropped stitches, a mistake in the pattern and the time it takes to finish our garments of love are sometimes frustrating! But the wait is well worth it...the outcome is a beautiful shawl filled with God's love and warmth.
"You too must be patient. Make your hearts firm, because the coming of the Lord is at hand" JAS 5:7-10