Homily (Reflection) for Saturday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time (I) (4th February, 2017) on the Gospel
(B.V.M. on Saturday, Opt. Mem)
Heb 13:15-17.20-21;Ps 22 (R. v.1);
Topic: Shepherd the flock.
The apostles returned from mission and gave account of what they did and what they taught to Jesus. He later took them to a supposed lonely place for a rest but on their arrival, they saw a great crowd waiting for them. Jesus had pity on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd and began to teach them many things.
Today’s gospel likened the crowd waiting for Jesus to a sheep without a shepherd. But could it be that shepherds were not assigned to shepherd them? Certainly, a lot but they were feeding themselves instead of the sheep, cf. Ezek 34:2.
Jesus taught the crowd many things. The good shepherd (Jn 10:11, 14) did not leave the sheep for any other thing.
We all have gotten the privilege to shepherd God’s flock at various capacities. However, we must ask ourselves among other questions: How often do we report back to the owner of the flock what is going on? Again, how can our flock be described – sheep with or without a shepherd? And again, have we left the sheep for some other things – pleasure, money, connections, and so on?
The work of shepherding goes beyond clerical works. You are also a shepherd where you are – family, community, school, church, and so on. Be a true shepherd to your flock.
Bible Reading: Lk 16:1-13; Ezek 34:1-31.
Thought for today: You are called to shepherd.
Let us pray: Lord and Master of the vineyard, help us to shepherd your flock according to your will – Amen.
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