Last week when I was in New Orleans I attended daily Mass in the chapel at Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare Center. I was struck one day during the prayers of intercession when someone in the back of the chapel called out to an elderly priest who was seated in the front. The male voice called out, “Father, say one of your special prayers!” The priest celebrating Mass went to Father and held the microphone to his mouth. Father struggled a bit to utter this single word—Love. I’ve been chewing on that one word for a week now. It keeps feeling bigger, deeper, and more urgent in my personal life and in the life of our city, country, and world. Greater love is the ultimate response to Lent.
Charity is born of the call of a God who continues to knock on our door . . . to invite us to love, to compassion, to service of one another. Jesus keeps knocking on . . . the doors of our lives . . . keeps knocking on our door in the faces of our brothers and sisters . . . the faces of our neighbors . . . the faces of those at our side. Pope Francis, 9.24.15