Reflection for Friday, June 24, 2022: Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Solemnity.

dc.contributor.authorWhitney, Tamoraen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorWhitney, Tamoraen_US IIen_US Timeen_US 12en_US
dc.description.abstract|Today we see Jesus as the good shepherd, guiding us, caring for us, protecting us. Like in the Fr. Bob Dufford song, "Like a shepherd he feeds his flock and gathers the lambs in his arms, holding them carefully close to his heart, leading them home." If I were singing Mass I would sing that.|Jesus cares for all his people like a shepherd cares for all his sheep. If even one would stray, he would search out and find that one. No one is left behind. He isn't ignoring the rest, they are safe in the pasture, but the one who strayed is in danger now and needs the attention and needs the rescue. A shepherd with a big herd who found one of his sheep missing would search for that one sheep, even though he had 99 more, and rejoice at finding that lost sheep. It's the shepherd's job to keep track of the sheep and keep them safe. Even if the shepherd might not feel the loss of one sheep out of a hundred, what would happen to the sheep that went astray? It would be in danger, out of the protection of its community. The shepherd has a responsibility to protect all the flock. The shepherd who finds and regains the lost sheep not only feels joy at regaining his property that might be lost but also relief in knowing that the sheep is now safe with the others.|God rejoices in the return of one of his own who was thought to be lost but is returned. But it's not only because God wants a bigger following, but because he realizes that we, like sheep, out of our community are lost and in danger. Returned to the fold we can be safe in his protection in the Kingdom of Heaven.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary Number: 172en_US
dc.program.unitEnglish Departmenten_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.subject.local1Ezekiel 34:11-16en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 23:1-6en_US
dc.subject.local3Romans 5:5b-11en_US
dc.subject.local4Luke 15:3-7en_US
dc.subject.otherMost Sacred Heart of Jesus, Solemnityen_US
dc.titleReflection for Friday, June 24, 2022: Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Solemnity.en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
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