Preaching


The OP after our names stands for “Order of Preachers,” the formal name of the religious order founded in 1216 by St. Dominic. As Dominicans, we preach with our lives—in both word and deed—guided by a search for truth (veritas) and a commitment to contemplate and share the fruits of our contemplation (contemplate et aliis tradere). 

Our Dominican lives are shaped by the interconnecting movements of study, prayer, communal life, and ministry. 

Dominic so firmly believed in the importance of study to the preaching mission that he provided a rule of “dispensation” from other responsibilities in the event they interfered with study. We are women committed to study. Through prayer and contemplation we interiorize our learnings and enter into communion with the Source of all truth. Our communal life orients us to the common good of the whole Earth community. And in ministry, our preaching takes effect.

As women of the Gospel, our preaching is also expressed in word. Read reflections on the Word of God posted by Adrian Dominican Sisters and Associates on the Praedicare Blog below.

 


Holy Thursday Preaching by Sister Mary Margaret Pachucki, OP

Holy Thursday 2022
Preaching by Sister Mary Margaret Pachucki, OP

April 14, 2022

Sister Mary Margaret Pachucki, OP

This evening as we celebrate Holy Thursday, we recall the final meal that Jesus had with his friends before his crucifixion. This is implied rather than explicitly mentioned. There is no actual breaking of bread and pouring of wine in John’s gospel. What we do have is Jesus washing the feet of his closest friends.

I would like to reflect on this intimate gesture from two perspectives: First, from the perspective of receiving love and being served; second, from the perspective of giving love and serving others.

Receiving Love and Being Served

As we heard in Tuesday’s gospel reading from John 13, Jesus knows Judas will betray him and that in the coming hours each one of his closest friends will fail him. And so, Jesus is not surprised when Peter first refuses to have his feet washed. Peter is bewildered, unprepared to receive this generous act of love.

He may have been out of his comfort zone to accept such a powerful expression of Jesus’ love for him. Like Peter, the disciples feel unworthy of Jesus’ unconditional love, but it is not theirs to deserve. Despite their shortfalls and inadequacies, Jesus freely gives them the gift of his love.

The only time we usually let someone else wash our feet is when we can’t do it ourselves: we’re too young, too old, or too sick. To wash another person’s feet is a very intimate act. In her poem “God in an Apron,” Macrina Wiederkehr describes Jesus’ actions with these words:

…He touched my feet
He held them in his strong brown hands
He washed them.

I can still feel the water
I can still feel the touch of his hands
I can still see the look in his eyes.

Many people are not comfortable with this degree of intimacy with another person, or do not feel “good enough” to have others show them this much love. We often are accustomed to seeing the face of Jesus in others that we serve, but it is difficult sometimes to see Jesus’s face in those who wish to serve us. We need to be open to receive Jesus’ love through the hands, and feet, and hearts of others. They have been called by Jesus to be servant, to be Jesus for us.

Giving Love and Serving Others

Holy Thursday has deep roots in selflessness, a call to service and putting the interest of others first. As scripture often does, John’s words invite us to go deeper into the spiritual quest that is ours.

In her poem Macrina continues her reflection of Jesus’s actions with these words:

…He then handed me the towel and said,
“As I have done so you must do.”

Let your tenderness encircle everyone you meet.
Wash their feet
Not because you have to,
Because you want to.

As people of the Eucharist, you and I are called to be people of the basin and towel. Jesus hands us the apron, the towel and water basin. We are invited to emulate this Jesus through lives of loving service to others. We wash feet when we make a phone call to a friend. We wash feet when we smile at someone and wish him or her a bright “Good Morning.” We wash feet when we write to our Congressperson to support a proposed bill to enhance human welfare.

Bread and Wine, basin and towel. These symbols are at the very center of our identity as followers of Jesus. They are countercultural because they challenge the “Me First” thinking that often prevails in our society. They signify an approach to life different from the one that tells us to look after the needs of others only after we have taken care of our own needs.

Jesus asks us to love each other as he loves us. Love is not simply an emotion or feeling; it is a decision. Our love for each other calls to be seen and experienced practically and expressed through the quality and actions of our daily lives. When we love and serve each other, we do it in memory of Jesus.

On this first day of the Triduum, we recognize God’s unfailing gift of undeserved, unconditional, and unifying love for us. Let us ask for the grace to respond to God’s call to love and serve one another and to let others love and serve us. Let us do this in memory of Jesus.

 

your Comment will be showing after administrator's approval







b i u quote


Save Comment
Showing 0 Comment



 

LINKS

word.op.org - International Dominican Preaching Page

Preach With Your Life - Video series by Adrian Dominican Sisters



Recent Posts

  • Celebration of Leadership Preaching by Elise D. García, OP Posted last month
    Celebration of Leadership 2022 Preaching by Sister Elise D. García, OP Saturday, October 8, 2022 Wisdom 7:21-23, 27-28, 8-1 1 Corinthians 12:4-12 John 15: 12-17 It is my joy to add my warm welcome to Pat Siemen’s to each and every one of you gathered here or tuning in from your rooms on campus or ...
  • Feast of the Holy Rosary, Preaching by Sister Joan Delaplane, OP Posted last month
    Feast of the Holy Rosary
 Preaching by Sister Joan Delaplane, OP Friday, October 7, 2022
 Acts 1:12-14
 Luke 1:39-49 Happy Feast Day! What a week, right? A Jubilee celebration of the joyful mystery of God’s faithfulness for 30 of our Sisters, and their faith-full response for so many years. Then the sorrowful mystery yesterday ...
  • Sixth and Closing Day of General Chapter, Preaching by Sister Carol Johannes, OP Posted 4 months ago
    Adrian Dominican Sisters General Chapter 2022, Day 6 Preaching by Sister Carol Johannes, OP Saturday, July 2, 2022 As I begin today, I can’t decide whether I feel more like a relic, a guest on "Survivor," or an object on "Antiques Road Show." But when Xiomara called and asked me to preach today, ...
  • Fifth Day of General Chapter, Preaching by Sister Cheryl Liske, OP Posted 4 months ago
    Adrian Dominican Sisters General Chapter 2022, Day 5 Preaching by Sister Cheryl Liske, OP Friday, July 1, 2022 - St. Junipero Serra Amos 8:4-6, 9-12 Psalm 119: 2, 10, 20, 30, 40, 131 Matthew 9:9-13 Good Moring, I am Cheryl Liske and I usually describe myself as a community organizer – but honestly the community ...
  • Fourth Day of General Chapter, Preaching by Sister M. Ruby Lumanlan, OP Posted 4 months ago
    Adrian Dominican Sisters General Chapter 2022, Day 4 Preaching by Sister M. Ruby Lumanlan, OP Thursday, June 30, 2022 Matthew 9:1-8 Every day we hope to announce the Good News, the good news of grace and faith that works in us because of Jehovah Rapha – the Lord who heals. Just to make a ...
  • Third Day of General Chapter, Preaching by Sara Fairbanks, OP Posted 4 months ago
    Adrian Dominican Sisters General Chapter 2022, Day 3 Preaching by Sara Fairbanks, OP Wednesday, June 29, 2022 - Feast of Saints Peter and Paul Helen Keller once said, “The bend in the road is not the end of the road, unless you fail to make the turn.” As we have been deliberating ...
  • Second Day of General Chapter, Homily Written by Carol Gross, OP, and Preached by Eneida Santiago, OP Posted 4 months ago
    Adrian Dominican Sisters General Chapter 2022, Day 2 Homily Written by Carol Gross, OP, Preached by Eneida Santiago, OP Tuesday, June 28, 2022 Matthew 8:23-27 Sister Carol Gross, OP Sister Eneida Santiago, OP Did you notice that the Gospel today just happens to center on “awakening”? We have been praying for this very thing for more than ...
  • First Day of General Chapter, Preaching by Xiomara Méndez-Hernández, OP Posted 4 months ago
    Adrian Dominican Sisters General Chapter 2022, Day 1 Preaching by Xiomara Méndez Hernández OP Monday, June 27, 2022 - Mass of the Holy Spirit Acts 2:1-11 Luke 4:14-21 We finally made it here! Are we awakened yet? We came by bus, by plane, by car, by train, and many join in spirit. We are the survivors ...
  • Pentecost 2022 and Reaffirmation of Vows Posted 6 months ago
    Pentecost Sunday with Reaffirmation of Vows for Elisabeth Nguyen, OP Preaching by Sister Patricia Harvat, OP June 5, 2022 The Gospel narratives were written upon the historical memory of the times. Luke in particular would weave into the evangelical story the reality of what was happening historically at the time, whether it was ...
  • Easter Sunday Preaching by Sister Carol Johannes, OP Posted 8 months ago
    Easter Sunday 2022 Preaching by Sister Carol Johannes, OP April 17, 2022 Acts 10:34a,37-43 Colossians 3:1-4 John 20:1-9 Together we celebrate this day which has changed everything, for Jesus and for us! As for Jesus, the resurrection is the complete fulfillment of his humanity. The Jesus of history has truly become the Christ of faith, ...
Read More »