My mission is to help heal others and myself. I drew my vision statement because I was unable to interpret my thoughts into sentences. It evolved as I practiced on index cards sketching the rooster and pelican. Both are signs of God’s prominence in the world. Truly, our God understands us, in both forgiveness and need. The rooster’s presence sheds light on my own vulnerability. I am vulnerable to the temptation that minimizes my ability to proclaim my belief in my Lord and Savior, and the promise of eternal life. As I cross the bridge, I am aware that my faith allows me to reconcile my weakness toward what is not good. My own choices separate me from God and community. The Keys of Peter on the bridge remind me that celebration of my faith life happens in community; therefore, my reconciliation is with God on the vertical plane and community on the horizontal plane. I am acutely aware of the rose, which reminds me that the Mother of my Lord rejoiced in his birth, revealed his greatness at Cana, and suffered pains at the foot of the Cross. I have used her example in mercy, humility, and suffering that leads to knowledge and joy. The fish symbolizes my membership among the assembly gathered to celebrate the sacrament of remembrance in the Most Holy Eucharist. The gift of the Eucharistic meal, symbolized by the Pelican plucking her breast and feeding her young, reminds me to be ever cognizant of the meal that sustains me. The three nails symbolize the Sacrifice of my Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross, a ransom for my life. The gift of Holy Spirit may be seen in the brilliant reflection on the water; it is the promise of fullness and truth acting within the Church and community.
I am overwhelmed by responsibility and overburdened by my own hand. But, on the Sea of Galilee at sunset, there is a calm feeling that wraps me in the love of God. It is quiet and peaceful much like the peace I felt when I nursed my children. Comforting sounds surround me as I gently rock back and forth. The water laps up against the boat in a rhythm that is designed to ease. The smell of fresh and clean air fills my senses; joyfully, I take a deep breath. It cleanses my mind and opens my heart, for too often I forget to keep it open. Sunlight shines in beauty through the clouds streaming a warm array of colors in orange, pink, and yellow highlighting the blue sky. As the day slips into night, the warmth penetrates my whole being inviting me to join God and become one in this beauty. Jesus is cooking on the shore; waiting patiently for me to know that he is there. This is a place where I am with Christ, my Lord. I hear his voice and his hand feeds me.
After a long week, I am scattered and often of no use to anyone. When I make the time to rest in him, I feel the promise of his love. With the relief of my daily stress, I refocus my thoughts, and the gifts that I have been given are renewed with vigor. I am ready once again to face my mission. I think of Christ, and desire to walk with him, but I must first place myself in his presence and rest in his mercy and love. I will always return refreshed and collected ready to meet the challenges of my life today.
Today is Good Shepherd Sunday
The LORD is my shepherd; there is nothing I lack.
In green pastures you let me graze; to safe waters you lead me;
you restore my strength. You guide me along the right path for the sake of your name.
Even when I walk through a dark valley, I fear no harm for you are at my side; your rod and staff give me courage.
You set a table before me as my enemies watch; You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Only goodness and love will pursue me all the days of my life; I will dwell in the house of the LORD for years to come.
I bare my heavy heart to you this day. I trust in your goodness and the goodness that is a part of all of humanity. Unite us in this time of sadness and confusion. Please send the Graces to allow us to grieve and mourn, the injured of disasters that have plagued our country this week. Make us instruments of reconciliation and guide us on the path of Mercy and civility. May we offer aid and comfort to others as we implement justice. Through your gifts we are able to act in freedom and grow in love. Help us to speak up for the innocent and act righteously. May you pierce our hearts with Mercy and Love. In your Holy Name, I humbly ask.