This Sunday’s readings are such a comfort to us and so familiar: How often have we heard “the Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want” or “I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my sheep, and mine know Me.” Words that are dear to us, because we know that Jesus is watching over us, guiding us, and that He sacrificed everything for us. And the shepherd is such a perfect analogy, because no matter how lost we become, the shepherd will go out to find his sheep.
But this relationship also calls something from us, to be good shepherds, reaching out to others in a humble way. Even as Peter was performing miracles, and the world wanted to praise him, he immediately gave all the credit back to Jesus. I think, because we are one of His sheep, that Christ expects us to share His gifts too – most likely we won’t be curing the sick, but maybe it will be visiting someone that is homebound or in need of a friend or taking food to someone who is ill. Or perhaps it will be in our work, when sharing our talents, that people will see Christ in each of us.
In this Easter time, I hope that Christ’s love continues to surround you in everything you do.