First Reading: Acts 2: 14a, 36-41
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 23: 1-6
Second Reading: 1 Peter 2: 20b-25
Gospel: John.10: 1-10
Have life abundantly for there is grace given for those who suffer, as Peter reminds us in the first reading. The Gospel asks us to “recognize his voice” as sheep recognize voice of the Good Shepherd. The good shepherd guards us, always there for us, and guides us onto the right path even though I walk in the shadow of this global pandemic. God’s grace is among us. In the midst of social distancing and constant updates of the coronavirus, do I hear God’s voice? Is it in the midst of health care workers and their sacrifices or in the silence of my own space and heart? In this interior silence how do I listen and open my heart to the Good Shepherd’s care, trusting I will be guided.
The Good Shepherd reminds us God’s protective love and desire to be with us, to be part our losses, disappointments, fears and blessings. God hears us and with us.
I read a story about a young boy at a parish school whose assignment was to memorize Psalm 23, our responsorial response for today. He was to recite it at a school assemble with the pastor and parents attending. When the night came, he stood up and began, “The Lord is my Shepherd “. Then his mind went blank. As you can imagine, the audience waited while he struggled to remember. Finally, he started again, “The Lord is my Shepherd”. He paused, and then said, “And that is all I need to know.” First there was silence, and then came the applause, because the child was right.
Prayer: May I go into the silence of my own heart listening to “God’s voice”. May the Good Shepherd watch over us, protect and heal our wounds and losses. God, we know you will never leave us. May you be at the center of silence, deep in my heart and in all hearts, for we are one. “The Lord is my Shepherd” and perhaps that is all I need to know.
Rosie Miller, OSF