Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
June 15, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 100:1-2, 3, 5
A reflection on today's Scripture:
What would you do if Jesus tapped you on the shoulder, and said, "I have a job for you"?
Would you be terrified, have a fainting spell, or look around to see if there is someone else He could possibly be talking to? Then, when you had recovered enough to speak, would you tell Him that you really had to know what He was asking before you'd say "yes"? Or would you just say, "Sure, Lord, anything you want"? Imagine how the Twelve felt after He had called them by name, and gave them a mission that seemed impossible.
Why didn't Jesus just do it all Himself right from the beginning? Because the Father had promised to make of us "a kingdom of priests, a holy nation" as we hear in the reading today from Exodus. Imagine! And as Jesus had called Himself a shepherd, come to save the "lost sheep of Israel," so, too, He would make share with us His priesthood, making us a nation of shepherds who would seek out the lost, and bring them back to their inheritance.
How we respond depends very much on that last part of today's Gospel, where He reminds His apostles that "without cost you have received; without cost you are to give." Isn't that a great saying? If we can only stir up enough gratitude for Jesus laying down His life for us, then we can find it in our hearts to return the favor, and start looking around ourselves for the lost sheep right in our families and in our neighborhood.
To share in the mission of Jesus takes generosity and love, humility and courage. As Jesus called the apostles by name, so has He called each of us by name. He has called us, and He expects a response. As we celebrate Fathers' Day this Sunday, we need to give thanks to God the Father for sending His Son, Jesus, to redeem and free us for eternal life in His dwelling. As His adopted brothers and sisters, He calls us to share in His mission to the world. We have been calledówe have been sent!
Each of us in our own dioceses needs also to acknowledge and thank our Bishop. As a good Shepherd, he truly cares and reaches out constantly to fulfill our needs. As the priest shortage becomes more acute, he truly depends on us to help him reach out to all under his care. Not only our Bishop, but our priests need you so very much! Start this week praying for the courage to be bolder in looking for the lost around you, in reaching out to them in love, and leading them home to the limitless forgiveness of a loving God. And to all fathers of families, we say "thank you" for sheltering, feeding, caring, and loving your spouses and children. We pray that you will always try to imitate your great model, God our Father.
- Msgr. Paul Whitmore |
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