Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
1 Peter 5:1-4
When I perceive that my role in life is to be the boss of others, I take the weight of the world on my shoulders. Then I will need to investigate, judge and corrects others’ actions. Jesus gave us a different kind of role model, that of a shepherd. When I approach my family, my community or my work as a ‘shepherd’ I am able to follow Jesus’ lead more easily. As a shepherd(ess) I take time to befriend and journey with the men, women and children in my life. I patiently bring others along with me as I find the fruits of the Holy Spirit. And I comfort and defend others in their fears and sorrows. Am I choosing to control or to shepherd the people I meet along the way today? Christ Jesus, help me not boss but shepherd others.
I will fear no evil for you are with me.(Psalm 23:4)
“I firmly believe that ‘shepherding’ is one of the most beautiful realities of our world. It brings us closest to God because God is the good Shepherd. But, paradoxically, you can only be a shepherd if you are a lamb. You can only really be a father if you are a son. You can only be a mother if you are a daughter.”
Jean Vanier. Images of Love, Words of Hope.
Soli gloriam dei.
Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.