Wednesday 19 August 2020

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St John Eudes

Ezekiel 34:1-11. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want – Psalm 22(23). Matthew 20:1-16.

‘Why be envious because I am generous?’

There is a story told of St John Eudes, whose feast is today. As a young priest during severe plagues in 1627 and 1631, he volunteered to care for the sick in his diocese in France. To protect his fellow religious with whom he lived in case he infected them, he lived in a huge barrel in the middle of a field.

The story reminds us of the Corona virus pandemic when many people quarantined themselves for a fortnight in case they infected their family, friends, and work colleagues. The difference of course was that St John was touching the sick as he cared for them.

The Lord says: ‘I myself will search for my sheep and look after them’. And today’s Gospel concludes ‘Why be envious because I am generous?’

St John Eudes was the face of a loving shepherd generous God 400 years ago. Are we today?

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