Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
May 7, A.D. 2006
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 29
1 John 3:1-2
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
Today is Good Shepherd Sunday. Of all the many titles by which we address Jesus Christ, that of "Good Shepherd" is the most appealing to millions of Christians. And rightly so. The image of Jesus as a caring, comforting, and gentle Shepherd can even be found on the Catacombs of third-century Rome. Even though He shares in the awesome power of the Father and the Holy Spirit, Jesus never forces us to remain in His sheepfold, never "browbeats" us into submission. His love is everlasting and constant, and His voice is ever clear, leading us to lightsome pastures that truly nourish and strengthen our souls.
It is a fact that there are many bad shepherds whose strident voices attempt to drown out the truth of His words, and the gentleness of His call. We must not allow ourselves to be dominated by these shrill sirens of falsehood and evil. They are so effective in dominating the minds and hearts of many, including our youth. We must not sit passively on the sidelines while our finest hopes for the future are lured into danger. Many of them have already perished. Many others are being drawn toward a twisted and unhappy adulthood.
Jesus has laid down His life for these sheep, as well as for those who have faithfully stood by their baptismal and confirmation commitments. How tragic if more are lost. It will not be the fault of the Good Shepherd, but the fault of those with whom Jesus has shared His role of guardian of the flock.
On this Good Shepherd Sunday, let us reflect on how we can all be better shepherds of the little ones committed to our care. They will perish without sound teaching and generous love.
Jesus, Gentle Shepherd, guide us and lead us – and all in our charge – away from the thorns and brambles of this world's delusions to the green pastures and delightful joys of Your heavenly kingdom.
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(smartins at frontiernet dot net)
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