In the Gospel from Sunday, May 12th , Jesus says, ” . . .the shepherd calls his own sheep by name and leads them out” and “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10).
Jesus, the Good Shepherd, desires our good and knows that it is in listening to his voice and love in our lives that we will receive abundantly.
This week the Sisters celebrated, Jesus as the Redeemer – the love and mercy of God, so vividly described in the image of the Good Shepherd; God who will go above and beyond to draw into love – unconditional love – whatever our experiences.
The Sisters celebrated the Redeemer in their Ministries and as a Congregation:
The week preceding the 4th Saturday of Easter is known as Redeemer Week throughout the Sisters’ ministries. This year the theme “The greatness of a simple life” was chosen to accompany the 200th Birthday year of our Foundress Mother Alphonse Maria. Throughout the ministries, employees were celebrated for their greatness in the simple everyday actions they carry out as they serve all those in their care. Prayer services and employee recognition events took place throughout the facilities all week. In addition several Sisters and employees participated in a day of service at the beginning of the week – exemplifying the mission of the Congregation to carry out the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.
On Saturday, May 17th the Sisters celebrated the Feast of the Redeemer during the Eucharistic Liturgy. The Sisters renewed the vows in the presence of all gathered. Men and women drawn to the spirituality and charism of the Congregations, known as Redeemer Associates renewed their yearly commitment to prayer and service with the Sisters. Several Redeemer Associates from Florida were also able to be present! And as with many special occasions and time of feasting followed. Mass was held in a neighboring Parish as the Provincialate Chapel is being renovated.
In the midst of these events a Senior High School Student began a 3-week service project to help care for the Sisters’ garden and animal initiatives – a first time experience of the Sisters’ ministries.
6 tiny Guinea Hen babies (keets) also joined the Sisters during this week of celebrating- a new experience for all! they will serve as bug control in the Sisters’ community garden in the following months.
Yes, Jesus is constantly fulfilling the promise of abundant life!
Perhaps you can take time as this week begins you can pause to be with the Shepherd and Redeemer. Who is God for you? What is the image of Jesus that you find a home in and gives you cause for joy?