the Good Shepherd

Bearing Christ’s Burden – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

Bearing Christ’s Burden – Meditation of the Studies in the Gospel of Luke

…in this, of course, we begin to see echoes of the cross where, in fact, the one who was the Good Shepherd bore on his shoulders every sin by which his flock had been lost and isolated from him, so that they might be restored to him. But if we do not also see our own stake in the care for the rest of the flock—especially those that are loss—and our own call to bear that burden with him, then we have missed the point of the parable entirely. This parable is not just about God’s love for sinners and the lost, but also about our call to care for, love, seek out and even bear the burden of helping those who are lost be restored the community for which they were made: they community that is founded and fed on the love and grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

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The Image of True Leadership – Meditation of the Studies in 1 Peter

The Image of True Leadership – Meditation of the Studies in 1 Peter

That image is captured in one word: Shepherd. Not a title of authority…but the humble role of one whose task is to serve the needs of those he oversees: to guard, protect, feed, and care for his flock…The shepherd is a servant of those whom he leads for their well -being. He lives with the sheep and is almost one with them. As Pope Francis has said, good shepherds always have “The odor of the sheep”.

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The Shepherd and Guardian of Our Souls – Meditation of the Studies in 1 Peter

The Shepherd and Guardian of Our Souls – Meditation of the Studies in 1 Peter

Jesus is the Shepherd and Guardian of our souls. In him, in his living presence with us even now, all the affirmations of Psalm 23 become incarnate and are fulfilled. The Lord Jesus is our Shepherd and we shall not want. Jesus makes us lie down in green pastures and leads us beside still waters. Jesus restores our soul. Even when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, Jesus is with us, comforting us with his rod and staff. And, because of him, we shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. This is no wishful thinking; it is the experience and sure hope of untold multitudes of those who, over the last two thousand years, have heard and recognized the Shepherd’s voice and followed Him.

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The Shepherd and Guardian of our Souls – First Reading of the Solemnity of Christ the King

The Shepherd and Guardian of our Souls – First Reading of the Solemnity of Christ the King

Jesus is the Shepherd and Guardian of our souls. In him, in his living presence with us even now, all the affirmations of Psalm 23 become incarnate and are fulfilled. The Lord Jesus is our Shepherd and we shall not want. Jesus makes us lie down in green pastures and leads us beside still waters. Jesus restores our soul. Even when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, Jesus is with us, comforting us with his rod and staff. And, because of him, we shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. This is no wishful thinking; it is the experience and sure hope of untold multitudes of those who, over the last two thousand years, have heard and recognized the Shepherd’s voice and followed Him.

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The Good Shepherd – Gospel for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

The Good Shepherd – Gospel for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

It is precisely this relationship of intimacy and trust that would draw them to him when he called—even if they could not see his face—and cause them to not turn back when the road ahead seemed difficult and interminable or run away when faced with overwhelming danger. And it is this relationship that the Lord longs to develop with each one of us—so that we, too, may learn to come when he calls, follow where he leads and not stray in the face of hardship or suffering, but trust in both his protection and provision.

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