Tend the flock willingly.

GoodEvening Brothers and sisters.  May the Lord give you his peace .

Todays first reading is from 1 Peter Chapter 5.  and it read in part as follows :

“Tend the flock of God in your midst,
overseeing not by constraint but willingly,
as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly.
Do not lord it over those assigned to you,
but be examples to the flock. ”

Today is the feast of the chair of Peter and in the Gospel, Peter says to Christ,  You are the Christ, the son of the living God.  and Jesus says to Peter, You are Peter and on this rock I will build my church.      This seems pretty simple, and pretty straight forward.  But is it really?  

Peter is present, totally present to God, to Jesus and has opened his mind and heart in an act of total adoration and consecration and declares that Jesus is the Christ.  A ver complete and decisive statement.  Then Jesus says to Peter, that he is the Rock.  He is solid and he believes in him so much and has so much faith in him that he is going to base his entire earthly church on Peters shoulders. 

Peter in the first reading is talking to the presbyters,, the priests of the area and telling them how to be good priests.   He tells them to serve the people who are given to him to tend.  Jesus in telling Peter that he was going to shoulder the earthly church knew that he was going to have to care of those he preached to.    He had to teach the others how to share that same love of their flock he learned from Christ.

Then he proceeds to tell them now only do they have to take care of how it is that they tend their flock but that they need to do it for all the right reasons.  Certainly not for greed, power, position etc.   

In the same way we need to take the time and care in how it is that we treat each other.  Those that the Lord puts into our lives to teach us, or to be taught, or cared for.  To treat each other well for the right reasons.   Not out of personal gain, or fear, or a sense of power, but to love each other as Christ loves us and find that love from within each other.

This is the path to the way that Christ wants us to live.

May the Lord give you his peace..

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