Sunday 7 May 2017
4th Sunday of Easter. W. Week VI Psalter.
Acts 2:14, 36-41. Psalms 22(23):1-6. 1 Peter 2:20-25. John 10:1-10.
The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want — Psalms 22(23):1-6. 1 Peter 2:20-25. John 10:1-10.
‘You had gone astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your soul.’
Not many of us experience the life of a shepherd, but Jesus used this metaphor to indicate vigilant care and attention. Also, these readings are a clarion call to eliminate mindlessness from our prayer life. As with sheep, we often lose our way and need some perceptive direction. A spiritual guide knows how to listen and gently advise about new ways to find the Way of Jesus.
The spiritual director knows that Jesus will work within our spirit, when the time is right. Jesus offers himself as guide and guardian for our souls. He is always there, gently prompting us into better decisions and forgiving our mindless choices.
Let us pray the famous psalm with the ultimate life-coach, Jesus, for he will guide us to places of new wisdom.