What is man that you are mindful of him
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ
Dear members of Good Shepherd and the Community of Zug/Walchwil
It is my pleasure to begin the new ecclesiastical year with you by celebrating the First Sunday of Advent. Together, I hope we can further cultivate the vineyard of the Lord.
It is my intention to continue to build on the foundation that Urs Steiner and his team have built as I look over this flourishing community which is rich and diverse in languages and cultures.
First Things First
I would like to thank Urs Steiner for his dedicated service and I wish him all the best in health and happiness as he begins a new chapter in his life. I am convinced that the beautiful diversity our Parish is built upon deeply touches and inspires our senses. We are truly blessed to be part of this wonderful community.
I would like to introduce myself through the following thoughts: “What is man that you are mindful of him, and a son of man that you care for him?”
Reflection of Psalm 8
I chose this Verse 5 from Psalm 8 as a guiding beacon through my priesthood. But who am I?
I grew up on a farm in the beautiful Canton of Luzern as one of 9 children. Growing up with 4 brothers and 4 sisters taught me from an early age that “sharing is caring”. Not that I knew then what my calling would be but I use this as my earliest recognition to “serve” for the greater good of my family, the only community I knew at that time. If any of you have grown up in a large family, I am sure you would agree with me that the experience is challenging but also priceless.
Growing up in Steinhuserberg, at almost 1,000 meters above sea level, we may or may not have been closer to heaven like our father used to say, but we definitely felt that on a crisp, clear night, we could almost touch the stars in the sky. To this day, I find myself at peace looking up to the stars in the sky and taking in the vast space of the universe. It lends itself to think and ponder, to really wonder “where did we come from and where are we going?” “Why do we do what we do?" "What makes us do what we do?” Arguably, some of these questions are indeed personal in nature and the answers vary by person, however, there are some existential questions and those answers are uniformly the same. We are all descendants of God, sent as messengers from God to spread His love in our words and through our deeds, without limitation, and that message of love is uniformly recognised across the world.
Instruments of Peace
St. Francis of Assist was quoted for having said “For it is in giving that we receive.” How does this apply to love? I believe a person giving and receiving love unconditionally is a person blessed with peace and freedom; freedom from unnecessary or unfulfilled expectations from others but also of freedom within yourself.
Lastly, thank you for being patient with me as I get to know each and every one of you. I look forward to meeting you on a personal level and becoming an integral part of this beautiful community.
Anchored in Christ,