SUNDAY SNIPPETS: EASTER SUNDAY IV
acts 4:8-12; 1 john 3:1-2; john 10:11-18
a few years ago, i picked up a new pair of specs from dinshaw’s in pune. back home, i was trying them on and one of the lenses got chipped.
i returned at once and explained to the salesperson what had happened. he rudely told me that i would have to pay for the replacement of the lens. as we were talking, the owner entered and asked what the matter was. i explained what had happened. he apologized for the inconvenience and assured me that the lens would be replaced at no charge. when the salesperson tried arguing with him, he bluntly told him: «nc. no charge»!
there is a big difference between an owner and a hired hand. perhaps there is a bigger difference between people who are committed and those who are just doing a job.
that is the point JESUS makes in this sunday’s gospel.
one who works out of loving commitment thinks of the people one is serving, and is totally with them. one who works out of a sense of obligation thinks chiefly about oneself and recompense.
JESUS, the good shepherd, invites us to be good shepherds. he challenges us to move from acting out of obligation to service in loving commitment; to stand with and be a faithful presence to people in need.
who, in my life, needs «good shepherding»? what forms will «being with» take?