Week of November 23rd – “What a strange way to save the world.”

This last week of the Church Year began with the feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

As we prepare for the Season of Advent and the anticipation of Christmas we are given God’s image of what a King is – a shepherd and the least among us.

The prophet Ezekiel declares God word, “As a shepherd tends his flock when he finds himself among his scattered sheep, so will I tend my sheep” (34:11-12).

Jesus identifies with the hungry, thirsty, stranger, naked, sick and imprisoned (Matthew 25:31-46).

What a strange way to be king.  The Christian band, 4Him, sing a song entitled, “What a strange way to save the world”  speaking of the incarnation – A King and Savior as a baby   . . .  a strange way indeed!

But what a wonderful way!  Not an oppressive ruler or a wealthy detached authority figure but one who knows us and understands; one who is in our midst and vulnerable too.  Jesus is the ultimate servant leader.

The Sisters reflect on who has come into their midst this week revealing the presence of God in unexpected ways.

The week began with a visit from a young woman seeking to learn more about religious like as she discerns God’s invitation.  Her openness and humility to go where she has never been before and to meet people she has never met speak to her trust in God’s leadership in her life.

Two of the Sisters who assist with the PREP program at a local parish joined the students and their families for a Thanksgiving Mass.  In this setting the Sisters found themselves welcomed in the midst of a parish community and thankful to experience God in the children as they processed, sang, and served as altar servers and lectors.

On Thanksgiving Day the Sisters welcomed guests to join in the Mass and celebratory dinner.  It is wonderful to have others from all walks of life join around the table.

By the end of the week the weather grew very chilly and wintry, but this didn’t stop a group of gardeners from helping with the final garden preparations for winter.  The presence of God was evident in their willing spirits, friendly chatter, and cold hands as they completed the activities.

In this season of giving gratitude we are thankful for all the people who reveal God’s greatness and the ways we are reminded to see God in unlikely places.

As the Advent Season begins you may want to pray for eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart to love God in the unlikely places and people in your life.