By Sr. Ruth Ksycki, OSB
“The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.” (Psalm 33) This line was the responsorial psalm for the first reading from Ephesians 3:14-21 last week. As I was doing lectio, I decided to try Sr. Irene Nowell’s method of interspersing the response in between the verses of the reading. (Sr. Irene was the presenter at our Oblate Day this year, for those who missed our annual – and wonderful – gathering.)
What happened was a magnificent hymn of praise that brought the wisdom of knowing that the goodness of God is all around me in the world in which we live. The psalm verse stayed with me all day.
Sometimes it is difficult to see and experience this goodness when we see news on television about wars, violence, disrespect, abuse, and intolerance. But God’s goodness is always there. It is a kind of energy which is available all the time. We simply need to recognize it and tap into it filling ourselves with the attitude of Christ Jesus.
Our mission as oblates, then, is to open up this treasure in our own lives and help others to find it and tap into God’s goodness/energy. What a simple but profound way to seek God and transform the world!