April 18, 2010

The Good Shepherd

In the Traditional calender, today is Good Shepherd Sunday. The Gospel reading for today, in the new calender, is John 21 1:19.

In this Gospel, we have the what I like to call the threefold refutation or reclamation by Peter. Peter “makes up” for his threefold denial of Jesus during the Passion by expressing his certain love for Jesus. Has Peter now learned his lesson? Is he now fully “on board” with The Christ? Yes. Though Peter may not understand fully yet, Jesus is telling him he will not only follow The Christ in His ministry, he will follow Him to a crucifixion of his own.

Peter is the first Pope. A “good shepherd”

Tomorrow is the 5th anniversary of the ascendency of Joseph Ratzinger to the Chair of Peter. Who can forget that day? I remember, vividly, where I was and what I was doing.

Pope Benedict XVI is the first Pope I can honestly repeat my love for and give him my full assurance that I am completely “on board” with him. I’m nearly 42 and all the Popes of my life time, yes, even Pope John Paul II, were not always loved or even respected by me. Their counsel; I almost thoroughly ignored.

What did Cardinal Ratzinger think when he was told he was elected Pope? Like Peter he was led where he did not want to go. What man, really, would not find the prospect of being the earthly leader of the Roman Catholic Church terrifying? If in some alternate reality some one came to me and said “Hey, Cathy, you’ve just been elected Pope what are you going to do now?” Go to Disneyland and live in the Pirates of the Carribean ride until they give up and elect someone else!

The words Jesus spoke to Peter thru the Gospel have been spoken to the heart of every Pope thru all the ages: “Feed my lambs, tend my sheep, follow me” It seems simplebut it’s not. It’s tough to feed lambs when they don’t want to be fed. It’s hard to tend them when they don’t want you around. Can you imagine how hard it must be for a man who has devoted his life to teaching to get up in front of people, publicly, and try to teach what they don’t want to hear? How must that rejection eat at his heart? Though the Sucessor of Peter’s love for Christ and His sheep may wax and wane and be as challenged as the rest of us, may it never die.

Pray for the Holy Father.

6 Comments:

Blogger ArchAngel's Advocate said...

I think this song would go with today's Gospel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwRrKaq0IyY

April 18, 2010 9:59 PM  
Blogger nazareth priest said...

May the Lord protect him, give him eternal life, and protect him from grasp of his enemies.
Thanks, Cathy!
Viva la Papa!

April 18, 2010 10:17 PM  
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April 19, 2010 2:05 PM  
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April 19, 2010 2:10 PM  
Blogger chris said...

Actually, there are all kinds of people out there who don't find the prospect of being the earthly leader of the Roman Catholic Church at all daunting. They'd love to be Pope, so they could change everything.

Which is why none of those people is qualified to be Pope.

April 22, 2010 4:10 PM  

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