Week of June 29th – Saints like us

Sunday, June 29th – Feast of Saints Peter and Paul.

“Now I know for certain that the Lord sent his angel and rescued me . . .” (Acts 12: 1-11).

“The Lord stood by me and gave me strength . . .” (2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17 – 18).

“Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew 16:13-19).

Two men who are pillars of the Church. They were individuals who denied, persecuted, and ran away, yet they let God into their live eventually gave all, even their lives, for the love of  this God.  They are great saints because they were open to the grace of God in their weakness, fears, judgments; great saints because they experienced God.

They were like us in so many ways that they can offer us the hope and the witness of God’s love and mercy.  We too, can and do experience God.

Who do we say that God is, so that we can live for and give our lives to this God each day?

As Sisters of the Holy Redeemer we had the opportunity to experience God in so many ways this past week.

Some of the Sisters departed for their annual retreats while another Sister had a day of pray. Retreat is a time to draw aside to listen to God; to be with God in a more focused way.

One of the Sisters arrived home safely after a month visiting the Congregation in Germany.  The Sisters were delighted to see her again and she experienced their joyful welcome. In this welcome was the presence of God.

God was experienced in the  joy of the children as they discovered the abundance and beauty of growing food in the in the school garden. And God was experienced the the thunderstorms that watered the earth and broke the heat wave.

The Sisters celebrated the freedom and community we enjoy and so often take for granted with Mass and a simple picnic lunch on the 4th of July.

At the beginning of this new week, you might choose to take some time to reflect on how you discover more about who God is in your daily experiences.  How does a deeper experience of God allow you to accept your humanity and share God’s love with others?