The Gospel message that started the week last week was a tough message about discipleship that included phrases such as “hating father and mother . . .” “carry ones own cross . . .” “renounce all one’s possessions . . .”
What are we to make of this in light of the commandment to love?
Love will lead us to make choices and decisions that keep the object of our love in focus. Our daily lives are filled with little renunciations, times of bearing our crosses, occasions when we need to let go of attachments to and expectations of family and friends in order to walk the road where our faith leads. Often we need to be aware of the “cost” as we set out each day so we don’t become discouraged and disgruntled – but rather turn our gaze toward God, our faithful guide who has been our refuge in every age (Responsorial Psalm 90).
What has been the walk of the Sisters of the Holy Redeemer this past week – the daily events that teach us to rely upon God? How has love led us?
Celebrating the gift of life of one of our Sisters on the occasion of her birthday – we celebrate growing in age and wisdom together. As a Congregation we also celebrated the 199th birthday of our Foundress, Mother Alphonse Maria Eppinger – and the spirituality of the cross – the paschal mystery that punctuated her life and the life of the Congregation.
As we come toward the end of summer – the community garden participated in the monthly farm market at one of the Sisters’ ministries. The Sisters and gardeners find joy in sharing the fruits of the labor involved in the daily upkeep of the garden.
The new class of 2nd Grade students arrived at the school garden for the first time and reaped the fruits the previous class planted – tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, eggplants, radishes, lettuce, cantaloupe, watermelon . . .
The Sisters gathered for their first monthly gathering since the beginning of summer. Sharing on the recent gathering of some of our Sisters in Germany as well as updates by individual Sisters revealed the the constant presence of God in our joys and sorrows; our daily walk; our faith in God.
And we welcomed home a member from her hospital stay – grateful for her healing and praying for continued well-being.
We are reminded to hold life with open hands – not clinging, not demanding, but being ready to follow where Jesus leads.
May you know God’s faithful presence this week as you follow where love leads.