Sunday, February 21, 2016

Your Weekly Reflection from CMMB 2/21/16

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“The Lord is my light and my salvation. ” - PS 27:1, 7-8, 8-9, 13-14
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Hear, O LORD, the sound of my call; have pity on me, and answer me.
Of you my heart speaks; you my glance seeks.

Today’s responsorial psalm is a call for faith and courage. This message provides much needed comfort to our global CMMB family. This week, team members from New York arrived in Ezo, South Sudan, where no local government authorities are present or active due to the recent insecurity. The healthcare facilities where we work have been completely looted and vandalized. Vehicles, medicine and medical equipment have been stolen.

But even more painful than the loss of these valuable “things” are the exhausted faces of women and children who are desperate for help, with nowhere to go. Violence has forced them from their homes, and access to food is severely limited. We are devastated to report deaths of children under the age of 5 in recent weeks due to severe malnutrition.

It’s moments like these, full of frustration, when we may be tempted to cry out, “God, why do you allow such suffering?” How do we make sense of the needless pain in the world with a God who is all-powerful and good?

Lent is a time for reflection, renewal and penance. It’s a time to reaffirm our faith and remember that we all need redeeming. God became human to make all things new again. His act of love saved us. Our own acts of love can redeem us. Love and faith have the power to conquer evil, which will always be part of a world that suffers from sin. We pray that our brothers and sisters in South Sudan will take the call to faith and courage to heart: 
Wait for the LORD with courage; be stouthearted, and wait for the LORD.
Yours in grace,

Catholic Medical Mission Board

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