2016 botan-16



April 17-23, 2016

What a wonderful image of Jesus we have this week – the Good Shepherd.  Perhaps we don’t like to think of ourselves as sheep, but we often act that way – following any old popular idea, practice or technology, as if, they were gods. Artists have given us the beautiful picture of Jesus, as a Shepherd, carrying the small, helpless lamb in his arms or reaching down into the thorn bush to pull out the sheep.  If we listen for the voice of the Shepherd and follow him, eternal life is the reward. John 10:27-30 If we allow the noise of the world to distract us from that voice, we need to turn the volume down, way down.  It is difficult in our busy day to rest in the arms of Jesus, but just a moment or two can make a world of difference in our spiritual life.

In our relationships, if we don’t listen to our marriage partner, our children, our students, our friends or our surroundings, we are headed for a breakdown of these precious gifts.  Is it any different with God?

Who would think that the simple task of “listening” is such a vital skill?  It is probably one of the least developed of our abilities.  It certainly looks that way among governments, warring factions and races.

Paul and Barnabas certainly experienced the lack of hearing on the part of those to whom they were preaching.  When they were ran out of the city, they shook the dust off of their feet and chose to minister to the Gentiles. Acts 13: 14, 43-52 Sometimes we have to change the course of our ministry, too.

In Revelations 7: 9, 14-17 we get a hint of what the experience of eternal life will be – “standing before God’s throne…worshiping him…safe shelter…no hunger…no thirst…no tears.”  “The Lamb…will shepherd us and lead us to springs of life-giving water.”

April 17 is World Day of Prayer for Vocations.  Let us ask God to send many good and holy people into the vocations of marriage, single life, religious life, priesthood and the deaconate.

May the Risen Savior, our Good Shepherd, carry us out of harms’ way and dispel the “thorn bushes” in our lives.

Sister Rosemarie Goins, CSSF Director



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