Tuesday, the 14th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon - Tuesday, - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Benedict
Readings for today’s Mass
We've all learned from very young that Jesus was a carpenter. The gospels have a single reference to this trade and only regarding Jesus' relationship to Joseph: Isn't this the carpenter's son? i am beginning to wonder if Jesus might have had, at least as a teenager, a side job tending a neighbor's sheep. From the numerous gospel references to sheep and shepherding, clearly he had a good understanding of the relationship between the two. The sheep know the shepherd's voice and respond to him. The shepherd knows each of the sheep so that if just one gets lost, the shepherd goes in search of it. In the New Testament, there are dozens of references to sheep and shepherds. So powerful is this image that, in today's gospel, Jesus laments the suffering crowds as if they were abandoned like sheep without a shepherd.
Is it any wonder that Holy Father Francis makes an appeal to the pastors of parishes using this same image? He is very clear about priests living among the flock so as to take on the smell of the sheep. i think back to growing up on a farm. We knew the smell of horses, what cows smelled like.
"This is what I am asking you," Pope Francis said with emphasis, “be shepherds with the smell of sheep,”
But let us be clear that Francis isn't just speaking to clergy. When the Pope speaks, we all need listen. We are all, at the same time, shepherds and sheep. It is for us to be with the shepherd just as Francis calls for the shepherd to be with the sheep.
How do you identify with the flock? When and to whom do you take on the role of shepherd; and when do you allow yourself to be shepherded? Can you see yourself as either?