Sibling Lenten Meditation – March 14, 2021

Todays Readings: Fourth Sunday of Lent


“…we sat and wept.”  Psalm 137:1

65772e38216f1d0b5a00462068e08987As I write this today, my heart is at peace that I have a brother in heaven.  Getting to this place took time.  The second I learned he existed, I was instantly full of grief.  There were circumstances in my life that led me to wonder if I had a sibling that was aborted but I did not know for sure until my mother told me.  I was not surprised that this happened in our family.  I was surprised that upon knowing I had a brother who died, I carried grief in my heart like I did for other close relatives that died.  I was wowed by this experience and was not sure how to process it.  I went to prayer and found solace in daily Mass.  I knew as I received the Eucharist that I could be close to my brother and this was a consolation.  I wept over not knowing him and the thought of him dying in our mother’s womb.  I wept over how he died.  I missed him and I marveled at missing a soul I never met yet ALWAYS yearned for.

In time, I moved from weeping to grappling with the reality that I have a brother.  Yes, he is not here with me on earth but he exists and knows our family intimately.  I yearned to have a spiritual relationship with him through the Communion of Saints.  So I began writing to him.  My mom knew in her heart she had a son but she had not named him.  Since it was hard for me to write to my brother without a name I gave him a nickname and it is only between us.  I was growing close to my brother and yearned to talk about him with others and refer to him by name with my mom.  I knew naming him was her parental right and so I waited and wondered what his name really was/what she would name him.

The day I learned his name, John Andrew, I was happy.  It gave me peace to know he was dignified with a strong meaningful name.  The look in my mom’s face was peaceful.  We love our John Andrew and he has become a family member we tap for prayer and include in our conversations from time to time.

It was John Andrew himself who I feel helped me stop weeping for him.  I have this sense that he is happy and on a mission.  My sense is that he is so close to Jesus and this is a tremendous consolation.  Since my mom raised me as a single parent, sometimes I have felt alone in my role in our small family.  Now aware that I have John Andrew to go, to intercede for various needs that come up with our mom, I have much more peace.  I know he sees our family situation much more clearly than I can here on earth and I trust he is bringing our family needs to our Lord.  While I will always miss that I never had the chance to have a sibling in my day-to-day life, I am content to have this spiritual connection and hope that when I get to heaven, I can spend eternity praising God with our family saint.  I love you, John Andrew, more than words could ever say.

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