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Baptism and Confirmation October 27, 2013
Your Sunday’s Weekly Reflection
Welcome to All Saints’ parish! Today’s gospel reading follows the first mission of preaching and healing that Jesus sent the apostles out to do. They return and he takes them away for rest and reflection. Then they return to the crowds and Jesus has compassion on the people, who are like sheep without a shepherd. This image of Jesus as shepherd comes originally from David, the Shepherd King, and is a consistent image of God in the Old Testament.
In the first reading, God speaks through Jeremiah against the corrupt leaders of the people as bad shepherds preying on their sheep. God promises to come and be the people’s shepherd. God will send the descendant of David who will care for all people as a loving shepherd.
In today’s reading from Ephesians we find a reflection of the Jewish-Christian joining of the personal and the social aspects of the life of God’s People, extended now to the entire human family through the dying and rising of Christ.
We are called by God as individuals into a community of persons. Again and again in the sacred story the promise of God coming in person to care for the people is made. God will make all people into one flock, one community. In the liturgy, the tension between the personal and the communal is expressed and resolved. In Holy Communion, it is our selves that are offered, blessed, and broken, that we may be given as signs of Christ to the world.
From The Rite Light: Reflections on the Sunday Readings and Seasons of the Church Year.
Copyright © 2007 by Michael W. Merriman. Church Publishing Incorporated, New York.
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