We see the Lord's great love for His people. He is mad at the shepherds for leading the sheep astray, but He has compassion for the sheep that have been lead badly by those shepherds. There is a word for us today in this passage. We are all shepherds to someone. There is someone in your life that looks to you. There is someone in your life that thinks you are the example. There is someone that follows you and wants to be like you.
May we each live in a way that gives that person and example to follow.
New Testament Lesson
Paul reminds us not to grow weary in doing what is right. Sometimes that's what it feels like. We can grow tired of forgiving in a world that does not forgive. We can grow tired of serving in a world that does not serve. We can grow tired of loving in a world that does not love.
Let us know grow weary from doing right, but instead, let us remember that it is, as the prayer that is attributed to St. Francis:
- Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
- where there is hatred, let me sow love;
- where there is injury, pardon;
- where there is doubt, faith;
- where there is despair, hope;
- where there is darkness, light;
- and where there is sadness, joy.
- O Divine Master,
- grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
- to be understood, as to understand;
- to be loved, as to love;
- for it is in giving that we receive,
- it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
- and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
Jesus tells us to let the little children come to Him. For it is in their childlike faith, wonder, and joy, we can see the beauty of a walk with God. The faith to trust in God, no matter what. The joy that comes from that faith. The hope and belief that God will take care of us. The trust that God is there.
Today, in this day, may we live with childlike faith.