I was not able to write any reflections on the Sunday scriptures this week because my mom passed away last Saturday. Most of the week was filled up with preparations for the wake and burial and with all of us trying to be as helpful and supportive to my Dad as we possibly could be. We would appreciate whatever prayers you might have to offer.
As you can imagine, mom’s passing has left a huge hole in my life. Right now it’s hard to put much of the deep sadness I am feeling into words. I am certain as time passes some words will come that I can share with you. For now, I leave you with a question that came into my mind a day or so after my mother died and which does offer me some real Hope. If what I am feeling is truly a hole in the fabric of my life, might it also serve as an opening for divine grace?
There is no sadness, no loss, no tragedy that is bigger than God and that God cannot transform into something beautiful. All that is required of us is to acknowledge and accept the loss and then to surrender it over to God. This is the way I have always understood the message of the Cross.
It’s the least I can do for mom.
Jim Philipps (3rd millennium pilgrim)