Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Easter.
Reflection by Rev Fr Oselumhense Anetor (Uromi Diocese)
Acts 20:28-38; John 17:11-19
A shepherd’s first duty is to keep the sheep safe. Not himself. This is why he must constantly be watchful, that evil may not take him by surprise. Before Paul left the Church he founded in Ephesus, he pleaded with the shepherds to feed the flock, and to be alert against fierce wolves. Similarly, in the gospel reading, Jesus prays to the Father, that his flock may be one, and that He may protect them from the evil one.
Friends, in so far as someone somewhere looks up to us, we are shepherds. From the priest to the parent, to the teacher, to the government official. As such, we must stay alert and prayerful. We must not become burdens to the flock, but ensure that we keep them together, protect them, and tell them the truth. This is the mandate we have been given by God. Let’s pray for the grace to be able to do it.
Good morning dear. God bless your day ahead.