Friday 24 June 2022
Sacred Heart of Jesus
Ezekiel 34:11-16. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want – Psalm 22(23). Romans 5:5-11. Luke 15:3-7.
A universally diligent God
Today’s readings present an extremely hard-working God. As ‘shepherd’, he searches for lost sheep; moreover, he ‘seeks out’ the really far-lost ones. He rescues them, he brings them out, he gathers them, he brings them to their own land, he feeds them. He makes them lie down, binds up the injured, strengthens the weak and, in a final lovely phrase, he ‘will feed them with justice’. In Luke, as Good Shepherd, he carries the lost sheep on his shoulders and gathers neighbours to celebrate its return. In the psalm, he prepares a table in the presence of enemies – which takes some defending. Metaphors point to invisible connections between things, a deeper level of reality. In Paul’s Letter to the Romans, he offers his Son in sacrifice, to produce reconciliation. The reality is, we have a universally diligent God, not someone resting on laurels. Father, come and work in our lives today.