Editor's Corner | March 2017

“‘Repairer of the breach,’ they shall call you” (Is 58:12). One of this month’s Daily Bread writers, Paige Byrne Shortal, was caught by this quote from Saturday, March 4. Amelia Kunhardt also chose that same reading in her choice for a photograph and text for this issue.

What would our community look like if we decided, during this season of Lent, to be repairers of the breaches around us? Can we not find a breach almost everywhere we turn?

Synonyms for breach include fissure, crack, rupture, rift, but also included is the word, opening. What perspective will we take on breach this Lent? Will we see it as a rupture so deep and wide that nothing can be done to heal this chasm? Will we throw up our hands and walk away? Will we see it as an opening where a new possibility can be found, a new risk can be taken?

There is much work to be done if we are going to repair anything. There is no time to waste.

The mission is clear from Isaiah: Repair it!

Pat Sanchez in her column says this about the Samaritan woman who met Jesus at the well: “Transformed by her encounter with Christ, she called her townspeople to also believe, thus setting a pattern for all sinners to emerge from their transformative encounters with Jesus to be preachers of the good news of salvation.”

Once again it is Lent and we hear the familiar stories of those who encountered Jesus, the Messiah. In those stories, we too, meet Jesus who transforms us; clears away our blindness; unbinds us from the trappings of sin; and sends us out with a clear mission: Go. Preach the good news of salvation!

We are restored, transformed, saved. But are we ready?

Special note: Be sure to read and share the feature article by Ann Garrido highlighting some of the United Nations’ International Days. She offers concrete suggestions for ways that parishes and communities can actively stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters across the globe.

- Denise Simeone
Celebration Editor