Weekly Reflections

Reflection for April 26, 2015

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Good Shepherd always cares for His flock

We invite you to take a few minutes and gaze upon the image below. Consider one or each reflective question.

Reflective questions:

  1. When have I heard the Good Shepherd call to me? How did I respond?
  2. Jesus says the Good Shepherd protects the sheep when danger looms whereas the hired hand runs away. When have I been like the hired hand? When have I been like the shepherd?
  3. Jesus says, "I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there will be one flock, one shepherd." What does this mean to me?

2015-04-26 Good Shepherd

 

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Reflection for Jan. 19, 2014

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Jesus is the new light and lamb for all nations

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"Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world." -- John 1:29
"I will make you a light to the nations." -- Isaiah 49:6

by Sister Charlene Hockers

We just completed the Christmas season and celebrated the Baptism of Jesus, and now we move into Ordinary Time. But John the Baptist is still at the forefront of today's Gospel. As John sees Jesus coming toward him, he proclaims Jesus to be the Lamb of God. Those words are so familiar to us from the liturgy everyday, but how do we live that statement in our own life? The Lamb comes to us in a gentle, simple way, opening our hearts to people with a breath of peace. He breaks down the walls of fear, aggression, violence and sin. We can grow in the spirit of love if we allow Him to come into the sacred space within us. John the Baptist is calling people to be attentive to the quiet voice and presence of Jesus. We are called to be gentle followers of the Lamb.

John also admitted, "I did not know Him." Do we know Jesus? The Holy Spirit invites us to see Jesus by opening our eyes and our hearts. We need to fix our eyes on Jesus each morning.

In the reading from Isaiah we hear, "I will make you a light to the nations." Those nations can be far and wide, but we can be a light to the far reaches of the human spirit as well. How aware are we of the lonely, desperate, the rejected, the hopeless and the poor? I can be the light of Christ by making Jesus known to others through my quiet voice and constant presence of Jesus in my life.

Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, have mercy on us, grant us peace.

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