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Doctrines & Morals

I will raise a shepherd after my own heart

Jer. 3:14-17, Mt. 13:18-23. In today's first reading, Jeremiah speaks to the people about a time when the old way of relating to God will be changed. Instead of a relationship based on Temple worship and the presence of God in the Ark of the Covenant, there will be a new relationship – more personal – when God will relate to the people like a shepherd tending the flock. Hopefully, the people will relate in a more intimate way, just as sheep follow and listen to the voice of the shepherd. God promises to appoint over His people shepherds after His own heart, who will shepherd them wisely and prudently. Today's responsorial Psalm affirms this fact as God brings together the scattered people of Israel just as a shepherd herds the flock. Just as the shepherd is willing to protect and guard the flock, so is God will safeguard the people who listen to the voice of the Lord.

Today's Gospel reminds us that the Word of God (the seeds) can produce more fruit when they fall on the fertile soil, the place in which the Word can multiply and grow. The Word of God will take effect when those who hear it are prepared and anxious to have the Word to give life and meaning. Today, we are challenged to give meaning to all those entrusted to us since we are entrusted with the care of the flock of God at different times in our lives. We are also under the care of other shepherds who are called to lead us. One of the key points of the link between shepherds and sheep is the personal relationship that exists between the sheep and the shepherd. They have a bond between them and recognise each other and their dependence on each other. As members of the flock, we must be willing to listen to the One True Good Shepherd. We must be willing to place authentic trust in those who are called to care and protect us. We must be willing to follow the lead of those who have been given authority in our life. We must also realise the responsibility we have to care for those who been entrusted to our care. We must be willing to do whatever we can to lead them to safe grounds where they feel secure.

May the Lord be with us as we journey together with Him in faith and may He strengthen our faith and give us the courage and desire to love Him more! Amen!! Stay safe and have a fruitful day!!!

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