Amazing, just amazing … Monday, February 25

The Lord is my Good Shepherd

The Lord is my Good Shepherd (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Rosary Meditation … The Fifth Joyful Mystery, the Finding of Jesus in the Temple. “And all who were listening to Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers.” Luke 2:47. The priests and scribes were listening to the boy Jesus in amazement. That reaction, amazement, goes on even today when people are presented with the words of Jesus, with His Gospel, with the love and logic presented to them by His Body, His Church. But what follows? What comes after the amazement wears off? Think about the people around Jesus, all of them as a whole, and how they reacted to Him. They always seemed to separate into two groups. Those amazed enough to believe and follow, those amazed enough to swear He was a fake or worse. The first group, the sheep, see the miracles and hear the truths and believe with their hearts because they work with God’s grace. The second group, seeing all of the same things and hearing all the same words, shun God’s grace, and find in Jesus something they don’t want. He isn’t to their liking. He isn’t worldly, there is no monetary gain, there will never be political power or social pull, and so these, the goats, amazing as it may seem to the faithful sheep, go their own way rather than go the way of the Shepherds. Nothings changed, has it? He’s either what we want or He isn’t. He’s amazing either way. And after people form two camps, the sheep and goats, what happens THEN? The goats work against the sheep because they follow and represent the One they reject, the one they don’t want. And the sheep follow Him, meekly, because He told them that the meek would inherit the earth. But the sheep do something else too. A part of following Him is treating the goats with kindness and love, even when they raid the flock. This is amazing in itself. But following the Good Shepherds example does something. It changes the sheep into better sheep, and sometimes the example shown turns goats into sheep. And that makes the slight sufferings of this life worthwhile. Amazing, isn’t it?

Today … St. Nestor of Magydos was bishop of Magydos. Pamphylia, and martyr. He was arrested during the persecution under Emperor Trajanus Decius and was put to death when he refused to make sacrifices to the gods. The local governor, Pollio, condemned Nestor to death. This is all simple and straightforward. Now consider. After his witness, after his faithfulness had been witnessed by those around him, what effect did it have? How many more sheep where there, how many less goats, as a result?

 
And … ” it came to pass when Jesus had fully ended these words, the people were in admiration at his doctrine.” Matthew 7:28.

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One Comment

  1. “Admiration at His doctrine.” I have never pondered on that statement. You know as I think about it, it is a statement to “ponder on.” Thanks so much for post and God Bless, SR


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