Homily (Reflection) for Saturday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time (II) (03rd February, 2018) on the Gospel
Ps 118:9-14 (R. v.12);
Topic: Shepherding 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.
Every manager of someone’s business ought to render account to the owner of the business as required, cf. Lk 16:2. The gospel likened the crowd waiting for Jesus to a sheep without a shepherd. But could it be that people were not assigned to care for them? Surely a lot but they were feeding themselves instead of the sheep, cf. Ezek 34:2.
Across the sea where they sailed to rest Jesus taught the crowd many things. The good shepherd (Jn 10:11, 14) did not leave the sheep for any other thing.
Dear shepherds of God’s flock, we must ask ourselves few 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?
Finally, 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 sheep.
Bible Reading: Lk 16:1-13; Ezek 34:1-31.
Thought for today: You are called to shepherd the sheep.
Let us pray: Lord and Master of the vineyard help us to shepherd your flock according to your will – Amen.
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