Fr. Dick’s Spiritual Reflection 05-08-2020
“The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want.”
Last Sunday’s gospel is such a comforting message. Jesus is our shepherd and WILL lead us to joy and peace.
I have had one memorable experience with shepherds. Many years ago, on my way to a mission in Gunnison, CO, I was almost at the top of Monarch Pass when I came around a curve and the whole highway was filled with sheep, so many that travel was stopped on the highway in both directions, four lanes of cars stopped.
I guessed at least 200 sheep… The shepherds on horses were behind the sheep pushing them across. Sheepdogs behind barking at sheep to push them forward. As the shepherds came to the end, I realized that Jesus, the good shepherd, went AHEAD of the sheep. He says we hear his voice and follow. He leads us forward to His joy and peace.
So, as we honor our mothers on this coming Sunday, I am grateful for all those times they attempted to lead us forward and then ask God for forgiveness when they had to be behind us pushing us forward.
They carried us in their wombs for nine months, worrying, praying and preparing for our entry into the world. We thank mothers for their love, care and compassion. No greater gift than life itself.
I pray for all you mothers. May God bless you in a very special way this coming Sunday. There is much to say and much to be grateful for. And hopefully all our gratitude is realized and felt in a simple phrase as…..THANK YOU!