Sharing what I heard in this weekend’s homily.
In the 2nd Reading of St Paul to the Ephesians, St Paul urges the divisive community of Jews and Gentiles to know that they are all one in the body of Christ. In the 1st Reading from the prophet Jeremiah, it described the leaders who had led the people astray. Once again, the Lord promised that he will gather all his people together and appoint shepherds to lead them on the right path. A day will come when a mighty king will rule with wisdom and justice. All are fulfilled in the Gospel where Jesus came to show the way.
A good shepherd always looks after his sheep even to the extent of risking his life to save any sheep that has gone astray. He will wait patiently looking over the horizon for that one sheep to come back to the fold. At certain points in our lives, we may have gone astray. Jesus is waiting for that change of heart to welcome you back.
While we are like sheep, we can examine ourselves if we have been good sheep. Have we adopted the herd mentality to follow the path that the majority says so even tought it leads us astray? Or perhaps have we led others astray from the good shepherd?
In the course of the week, perhaps we can be a bit more conscious of how we can be good sheep. We may not possess qualities of wisdom and authority to be shepherds. All a sheep needs is an open and compassionate heart which Jesus had showed us. A heart that will bring war to peace, lies to truth, hate to love…in simple words and deeds in the course of our everyday lives.