Daily Gospel Reflection for June 6, 2014

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Today’s Gospel: John 21:15-1

Sheep are not very smart animals. They are very good at following and they will follow even if the leader is headed toward disaster. This Gospel makes me so grateful for Peter and the long line of God’s chosen Shepherds because I can be very “sheep like” from time to time. Satan loves it when culture sweeps us away in the wrong direction like sheep without a shepherd. Peter and his successors acting as Christ on earth provide the loving guidance we need.

Each day we are blessed with gives us the chance to lovingly follow Jesus. He loves us and forgives us even when we wander off His path. He asked Peter to profess his love for Him three times, once for each of the three times he denied knowing Jesus that dreadful night. That same loving compassion and forgiveness is given freely to all of us who, like Peter, promise our love to Him in return.

Ponder:

What are the areas of my life where I tend to wander off like a lost sheep?

Pray:

Jesus my Good Shepherd, please keep me in your watchful care. Bless Pope Francis and all Bishops and Priests as they shepherd and protect God’s flock.

Copyright 2014 Sheri Wohlfert

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Sheri is a Catholic wife, mom, speaker and teacher. She uses her great sense of humor and her deep faith to help others discover the joy of being a child of God. Her roots are in Kansas but her home is in Michigan. The mission of her ministry is to encourage others to take a good look at the simple ways we can all find God doing joyful, blessed, amazing things smack dab in the middle of the laundry, ball games, farm chores and the hundred other things we manage to cram into a day. Sheri also writes at JoyfulWords.org.

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  1. Sheri — I love the imagery in this gospel. One thing that has really struck me today as I’m caring for some elderly family this week is verse 18:

    “Amen, amen, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to dress yourself and go where you wanted; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.”

    I’ve been praying today about the fact that we are all Christ’s body — that makes all of us Peter. So each of us is being asked to feed and care for Jesus’ flock. This week, I have the chance to do that in my care for my elderly relatives. This verse reminds me to care for them lovingly, with dignity and respect. I know that when Jesus said that to Peter, he was really foretelling Peter’s death. But today, it reminds me to remember the will of my elderly loved ones in my care for them.

    Thanks for a beautiful reflection!

  2. Where do I wander off…many places, but lately I have been really thinking about my love/hate relationship with food. Which seems at first glance to have nothing to do with this Gospel — unless you consider sheep and food. They just put their head down and munch without any thought of the dangers around them or where they are going – they get narrow sighted and think only of satiating the hunger. Although I think I can break the stronghold of food on my own, I’ve proved again and again I can not.

    Last night I was reading St. Augustine’s famous line, “Lord, make me chaste but not yet.” I’ve been praying something similar without realizing it, “Lord, make me thinner and healthier, but not yet.” But like Augustine, it is time for me to change my prayer to Why NOT now, Lord, Why not now!

    I repeat your beautiful prayer, “Jesus my Good Shepherd, please keep me in your watchful care.” Amen.

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