At times in our lives we can feel “lost” in some way. What might make us feel like this?
- Feeling disconnected from those we love or care about most.
- Being so busy that we don’t have the time to breath or stop to think.
- Not having a clear sense of purpose or direction.
All of these factors, and others, can have a negative effect on our sense of calm, happiness or wellbeing. Like any relationship, if neglected, our relationship with God can become distant and detached in some way.
We hear this week in the Gospel account about how Jesus us like the shepherd loving and caring for his sheep. He knows them by name and they listen to, and trust him. Ultimately they are safe in His care and close to God.
Perhaps sheep are not renowned as the brightest animals. The Priest at Church this week talked about how they can get stuck on their back and find it impossible to get back on their feet. I’ve even found evidence of this online… perhaps with that gentle and loving hand of faith we too can get back to our feet and get back on track in life.
What can we take from this account?
- However far from God we feel in our lives we are challenged to listen for God’s voice.
- God knows us and call us by name – the challenge is to find the space to listen and understand his plan for each of us.
- The image of the shepherd is one of sacrifice and unconditional love. At times the shepherd will endure suffering and risk in order to protect and care fro the sheep. This reflects God’s love and care for us too.
If we want to live fulfilling lives as Christians today we need to ensure those around us feel our support and love unconditionally. It is only then that we can be truly “found” and inspired by God’s love.