Thus says the Lord: I myself will look after and tend my sheep.
Let’s take a quick look around. Catholic Church’s are everywhere, all over the world, in various shapes, sizes and cultural configurations. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is offered continuously around the globe and the faithful are fed with the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ. Through the ministry of Bishops, Priests and Deacons, the Seven Sacraments enliven us with the Grace of God, what the Catechism defines as, participation in the life of God. Lay people, consecrated religious and Deacons, alike, share their service of love so that the Face of Christ continues to be seen and His presence known. Through the faithful members of Holy Mother Church, He walks the earth, tending His sheep.
I will rescue them from every place where they were scattered when it was cloudy and dark.
Instead of thinking physically or politically, let’s think Spiritually. Where is there a darker or cloudier place than the state of sin? Ancient peoples longed for forgiveness and now, Jesus, in the person of the Priest, provides it whenever we need it in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
I myself will give them rest, says the Lord God.
Jesus’ first words to the apostles on the morning of the resurrection were, “Peace be with you.” Mary Magdalen was comforted immediately when He said her name. Kneel before the Divine Mercy and feel the peaceful rest in the ultimate words of Faith, Jesus I trust in you.
The lost I will seek out, the strayed I will bring back.
Our friends and loved ones are in the hands of God. Jesus wants all sheep in His fold. We pray. We do our best to live faith-filled lives that will attract others back to Christ. Just as he did with the woman at the well, He seeks and carries, one-by-one, lost sheep back to the fold.
The injured I will bind up, the sick I will heal.
Consider the evidence: the man with the withered hand, the ten lepers, the cripple who was lowered through the roof, the woman with the hemorrhage, the centurion’s daughter, the mother-in-law of Peter, the son of the widow of Nain and Jesus’ cousin Lazarus, to name a few. He is still with us, binding up and healing through the Sacraments and our corporal works of mercy.
THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD, THERE IS NOTHING I SHALL WANT.