As the late Bishop Pavich would have said: “Yes, You’re sinner, get over it!”

12651005_1042003345822878_4753864522810936798_nSpiritual Theme: This Sunday we read in the Gospel Simon Peter say to Jesus: “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.” He felt so unworthy of what Jesus was inviting him to do.

As mom’s, we can feel the same way. How often have you said: “Me? I’m just a mom.” God doesn’t see us as just a ____ anything. Everything we do, are called to do are important to God’s plan.

Sunday’s first reading was Isaiah IS 6:1-2A, 3-8; Isaiah was a prophet of the southern kingdom. His call to a prophetic life took place in the year that King Uzziah died (740 B.C.), during a critical period in the history of the nation. Uzziah was one of Judah’s greatest kings; there was great conflict internally and externally.  During this time of conflict the prophet felt as if he was not worthy to speak for God.  He was unclean of lips.  As I pointed out in the Spiritual Theme, Simon Peter proclaims: “Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.”

Both Isaiah and Simon Peter look around themselves and sees nothing but the sinfulness of others, importantly that they see the sinfulness of themselves.  It makes them feel vulnerable,  naked, exposed.  Maybe that is what God wants. He wants us to become vulnerable so God can wipe out what is holding us back, how sin keeps us stagnant. God wants us aware of who we are, to become naked so God can reclothe us anew.  God exposes what we have done, what we need to change so there is nowhere to hide only to see the positive change.

At no time does God rage, scream, belittle Isaiah or Simon Peter.  He purges sin, removes, REMOVES, the guilt.  God changes these men internally.  The changes strengthens them as they do as they have always done.  These men didn’t become superman, eliminating sin, no they still sinned.  To God that didn’t matter.

So why does it matter to us, moms.  Why do see ourselves as so unworthy/unclean that we become invisible to God to our call, to our lives!  During this year of Mercy I pray we have Mercy for ourselves.

Is a spiritual director working helping moms find God in the everyday. She has been a spiritual director since 1998: worked as a Director of Religious Education for Holy Cross Parish(2000-2005), was Director of Project Rachel, a healing ministry for Post Abortive women(1999-2000). Patty worked a social worker for Catholic Social Services (1988 – 1995) Then studied for spiritual direction at the Dominican Center of Religious Studies, DeWitt Michigan

She is married 20 years and has four children

She has a BS/BA in social work from Aquinas College, CSD Certified Spiritual Director

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