Meditation for the Day

Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter, May 4

God Watches Over and Cares for Each of Us, Only with an Immeasurable Love and Infinite Perfection, Ever Faithful to His Creation.

We hear our Lord saying in today’s Gospel, “I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there will be one flock, one shepherd.”

Jesus is continuing His discourse on the Good Shepherd, a theme upon which we reflected yesterday. However, in today’s Readings, we are witness to the process in which God is calling all peoples to Himself, regardless of one’s nationality or ethnic origins.

We had discussed in a previous meditation the fact that there was considerable discrimination between the Jews and the Samaritans. And if we examine this air of bias sentiments more deeply in our First Reading today, we are told that there was a certain degree of condescension which some of the Jewish Christians held against the Gentiles, peoples of non-Jewish descent, for they felt it was improper for Peter to enter the household of a Gentile, due to the old Mosaic Laws regarding impurity.

Even Peter had difficulty at first with the idea of putting into practice Jesus’ commandment, “…love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” In his misguided sense of loyalty to the Old Law, Peter refused to accept the vision about which he considered to be “profane or unclean.”

It was not until he heard the words, “What God has made clean, you are not to call profane”, that Peter began to open his heart and fulfill the will of God. And after entering the house of Cornelius and hearing Cornelius’ vision, Peter began to better understand the mind of God in reaching out to all peoples and replied, “In truth, I see that God shows no partiality. Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him.”

And later witnessing the indwelling of the Holy Spirit upon Cornelius and his household, while teaching them about the life of Jesus, Peter again responded, “Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people, who have received the holy Spirit even as we have?”

It was not until Peter explained all the circumstances surrounding his visit to the household of Cornelius, that the Jewish community of Christians would begin to open their hearts to God’s providential Love for all mankind when they declared, “God has then granted life-giving repentance to the Gentiles too.”

Thus began the process of the Church reaching out to the world – one soul, one city, one country at a time – for we are all children of the same God, all brothers and sisters in Christ, regardless of our race, color, creed, religious or political persuasion.

And Jesus reminds us today, “I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there will be one flock, one shepherd.”

It is the voice of the Good Shepherd whom we hear; it is His voice in which we take our consolation and find rest and refuge from all the world’s seductions, from all that would call us away from His Light into the darkness of spiritual despair.

It is God who constantly calls out to us; it is God who knows each and every one of us intimately. He knows our strengths and He knows our weaknesses. And yet, in spite of our human frailties, in spite of all the times we have offended His Love through our sins, God is infinitely patient with us – never turning away, never rejecting us – for God is always faithful.

And in His unfathomable Love and limitless Mercy, Jesus says to both you and me, “I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep.”

For those of us who are old enough and have families of our own, do we not watch over and care for their physical and emotional needs the best we can? Do we not try to impart God’s Truth to them, guiding them through righteous and holy examples which we set for them, enabling them to grow spiritually – all because of the love which resides within our hearts for our children or grandchildren?

God does the same for us, only with an immeasurable Love and infinite perfection – ever faithful to His creation, “If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you…?”

Each and every one of us, as God’s children, are seen the same in His Most Merciful and Loving Heart with respect to inheriting the benefits of eternal life in His Kingdom – which is a gift from God Himself, freely and generously given out of Divine Love.

God does not see us as black or white, red or yellow as far as our skin tone is concerned. He is not influenced by our social status or educational acumen. Rather, He gazes into our hearts and our souls and judges us by the kind of love we are each called to live in this life, and whether we have lived that love faithfully – a love which is selfless and generous, a love which is holy and pure!

May each of us, with an open heart, be as generous towards each other as Jesus is towards us. May you and I find that refreshment for our souls which only Divine Love can quench, a refreshment which leads us to those “restful waters” for which our souls so deeply yearn.

For this is truly the will of God for each and every one of us!

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Please Comment, Like and Share, and Suggest to your Facebook friends – to spread the message of God’s Merciful Love.

Por favor Comente, Le Gusta y Comparta, y Sugiera a tus amigos en Facebook – en difundir el mensaje del Misericordioso Amor de Dios.

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Scripture for the Day

  • “I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there will be one flock, one shepherd.” (John 10:16)
  • “I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep.” (John 10:14-15)
  • “If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you…?” (Matthew 6:30abc)
  • “I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” (John 13:34)
  • “In truth, I see that God shows no partiality. Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him.” (Acts 10:34b-35)
  • “The LORD is my shepherd, there is nothing I lack…to still waters he leads me; he restores my soul.” (Psalm 23:1, 2b-3a)
  • “May the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great shepherd of the sheep by the blood of the eternal covenant, Jesus our Lord, furnish you with all that is good, that you may do his will.” (Hebrews 13:20-21b)

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Prayer for the Day

“Our Eternal and Most Loving Father in Heaven,
may everything I do begin with Your inspiration,
continue with Your saving help,
and reach perfection under Your guidance.

“With Your loving Care, guide me in my daily actions,
and help me to persevere with love and sincerity.
Teach me to judge wisely the things of Earth
and to always love the things of Heaven.

“Keep me in Your Presence always
and never let me be separated from You.
Your Spirit instilled in my heart that I am Your child,
and I am confident to call You my Father.

“Make Your Love and Mercy the foundation of my life;
teach me to long for Heaven as my eternal Home.
May its promise and hope guide my way on Earth
until I finally reach eternal life with You. Amen.”

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