In the Midst of a People


The First Reading today is from Zephaniah 2 and 3:  For I will leave in the midst of you a people humble and lonely.    This past week I have been standing in the midst of these people. The experience has been moving.  From the very young to the elderly, emotionally fragile or physically strong, male or female, and Canadian or Dominican, we have worked side by side  to create together a very small piece the kingdom of God. The images of this week will stay with me. The stories I have heard  shall be repeated to remind all of us of the inequities in our world.  Blessed are the poor in spirit, blessed are those who mourn, blessed are the meek, blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, blessed are the peacemakers.  These are just some of the groups that Jesus singles out in today’s Gospel. Yes, my heart says. Blessed indeed are the people  I have met this week. Their brokenness has become their strength. Their resilience is inspiring.  May I learn from them with grace and courage.



Reflection Questions

What group of people in your life are blessed?

What lessons can we learn from them?


Blessed are you Lord of the Universe! May we always noticed those that you call happy, despite their circumstances.  Let us build the kingdom together. Amen.

About sstyves

A Canadian prairie girl rooted in Ignatian spirituality, I seek God in all things. Whether I catch a glimpse of the Divine and delight in its presence in nature or in the beauty of an encounter with someone, I am ever so grateful that I can recognize the Creator. I greet each new day with hope and happiness, expecting blessings and miracles because I am created to praise, love and serve God. This blog is one way of realizing that through my writings, prayers, and photography. To God be the Glory!
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One Response to In the Midst of a People

  1. Karen Wheadon says:

    Such beautiful photos of such sweet children. I see people living in very different circumstances here as well, it was only yesterday I was thinking out loud , how happy many of the families seem to be, yet they have so little. They share what they have and it’s so nice to see how the children really know how to play here. So much is wasted back in Canada and US. I hardly see any of that here.

    Sent from my iPad


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