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Third Sunday of Lent

Associate Danielle Lizotte lives in Massachussetts with her husband and daughter.

There have been a series of synchronistic events in my life where I’ve heard or read that the Zulu people of South Africa have a traditional greeting that goes something like this.  One person says “Sikhona”, which means “I am here to be seen”, while the reply is “Sawubona”, meaning “I see you”.  We did this recently at a church service and it felt like a lot more work than a nod, or hello, or even “Peace be with you”, also more intimate.  How often do we greet one another without really “seeing” them?  While reading this Sunday’s readings, this experience came to me again as I read the story of Jesus meeting the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4:5-42).  This is among my favorite New Testament stories, Jesus breaking all conventions and offering some previously reviled person recognition and hope.  She is female, a member of a tribe in a long-standing feud with the Jews.  I’ve heard it surmised that because she is fetching water at the hottest time of the day, instead of the morning or dusk, that she may have been an outcast even among the Samaritans.  She is NOT someone a good male Jew should be asking for water, but Jesus says, “I see you.”  Not only that, but he offers her healing and hope.

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Evolution to Wholeness: Questioning with Ilia Delio, Teilhard de Chardin and Other Scientists

Theology on Tap: A monthly event sponsored by the SDU Institute for Christianity and Culture, on February 27th, featured Dr. Libby Osgood, whose topic was “Evolution to Wholeness: Questioning with Ilia Delio, Teilhard de Chardin and Other Scientists.” Dr. Osgood presented an in-depth look at four major aspects of the theme which included: the cohesion between science and religion, catholicity and working toward wholeness, the need to sit with the questions and encouragement to read the great authors she used as sources. It was amazing to experience the depth of her knowledge and her enthusiasm about what we might feel is such a complicated topic. It helped that we were familiar with the writings of Ilia and Teilhard de Chardin and could relate to other perennial questions such as the nature of allegory in Genesis, the intersection of science, theology and philosophy and the nature of the noosphere. What does one take away from such a deep, forward – looking exposition of our journey toward wholeness? For me it was to “sit with the questions” which fits with our efforts to engage in a contemplative stance as we journey forward and to be in relationship with profound mystery.

You can watch Evolution to Wholeness (Presented by Dr. Libby Osgood) here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwTntraluwM&sns=em

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New Blessed Sacrament Leadership Team

Provincial Leader

Sister Mary Anne Powers

 

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