Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Bad shepherds vs. the Good Shepherd: Daily Mass Homily--Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

           God had some harsh words for the leaders of Israel—and well should He!  These words from God would be a nightmare if that is how my priesthood was assessed.  Please, God, may it never be.
            I mean, imagine if I took all of the perks of being a priest—cookies brought in by the church ladies, dinners in your homes, fishing expeditions—and did nothing for you!  If I wore my clerics around demanding you serve me at every moment, I would deserve condemnation from God.  The leaders of Israel were bad shepherds, taking their wool and milk while failing to feed, protect and lead them.
            With this prophecy of Ezekiel in mind, listen to the words of Jesus recorded in John 10: “I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.  He who is a hireling and not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.  He flees because he is a hireling and cares nothing for the sheep.  I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me, as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.”  Jesus is the exact opposite of the greedy leaders of the Israelites and that is why he is the good shepherd.
            With the Psalmist, let us pray today, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…”

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