The Good Shepherd

05-03-2020Weekly ReflectionFr. Barnabas Tachio Duniya

At many moments of our lives, especially when we have to put up with suffering and unexpected sickness like our world Coronavirus, we feel that we are not self-sufficient. In such cases, modern people go to a psychiatrist, a marriage counselor, or a lawyer for guidance and advice. Where does God, visible in Jesus Christ, fit in your schedule? God's advice and wisdom is available in the words and example of the Lord Jesus.

The writers of the New Testament were concerned to bring out who the Risen Christ is and how we are related to Him. This Sunday we are invited to see the Lord as both the gate of a sheepfold, through which we should enter in security, healing and our shepherd, whom we should follow.

By prayerfully reading the Bible and diligently following the Lord Jesus who is "the Shepherd, the guardian of our soul's", modern Christians know how to integrate the guidelines of their religion with wherever science offers them for the solutions of their problems. Some three thousand people respond to Peter's call for reform and are baptized. What does the Bible want to teach us with this narrative? That we should accept Jesus as "Lord and Messiah". We have already done so at our baptism. But this acceptance is an on-going process.

Today also is a Vocations Sunday, a day of special prayer for those who are shepherds in our church. Today's gospel also calls us; those who belong to His flock can immediately recognize His voice. All those who have received baptism must follow and imitate. May God's healing powers and grace brings us out from our present sickness Coronavirus, amen. Compliments of the lockdown. Blessings upon my Havasu City Family.