Posted by: livingscripture | June 11, 2010

Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

From the Word of the Day

 The lost I will seek out, the strayed I will bring back, the injured I will bind up, the sick I will heal, the sleek and the strong I will tend, shepherding them rightly.

                                       Ezekiel 34: 16

 How should we live this Word

 Sheep were of great worth in the epoch when Jesus was among us.  Being a shepherd was not merely a job but implied even an affective involvement.  Recall the story that Nathan tells David to help him be aware of his sin.  What tenderness the man who owns the lamb demonstrates!  Thus the metaphor of the shepherd who takes care of his sheep was extremely expressive for those people.  Well can it refer to a God who is so in love with His creatures that He shows an interest full of tenderness for them.  He treats each one according to its needs.  He leads to the sheepfold those that are lost.  He cures those that are sick or wounded or have a different growth rhythm, as the fat and the thin.

 The metaphor is full of tenderness in every detail.  If we apply all this to Jesus’ actions, to the tender love shown by His pierced heart, we can enter into the mystery of His self-gift, to the point of dying on the cross.  Thus today’s feast is not a sentimental devotion but the harbinger of spiritual growth. 

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on the green pastures of Psalm 22, where the Good Shepherd pastures His sheep.  I will savor this metaphor that represents all that Jesus, the true Shepherd of my life, has given me as He guides me along the sunlit paths of His love.

 Lord Jesus, Good Shepherd, beautiful and true Shepherd, give me what You have come to bring, eternal life.

 The voice of Pseudo-Macario, Church Father

 Even as the shepherd can cure the sick sheep and protect them from wolves, so too Christ, the true shepherd, can with His coming, cure, and convert the lost, sick sheep, that is man and cure us of the leprosy of sin.

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