‘I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full.’ (Jn. 10:10)
Jesus calls Himself the Good Shepherd because He has come to lead those who follow Him to fullness of life, or as Saint Alphonsus puts it, to experience God’s plentiful redemption.
Currently, our beloved Novena Church is closed and we cannot be close to the people. So how can Redemptorists live our mission? Perhaps, this universal experience is calling us to renew our understanding of Church, priesthood and consecrated life.
The Redemptorist Constitution calls us to follow the example of Jesus by preaching the Good News to the most abandoned especially the poor. As the Apostles experienced, they were not simply called to be passive and subservient followers of Jesus. Instead, they were empowered with the gift of the Holy Spirit to become shepherds to others who were searching for life and redemption.
Perhaps, that is what priests and Religious are called to do today. Empower Christians to live their faith and their baptismal calling by being good shepherds to their families, friends, colleagues and neighbours.
Do you feel called to do that? Do you fell called to lead people to Christ, the Good Shepherd, in whom alone there is plentiful redemption?
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