Many of you are ‘cat people?’ I have to admit I am not. I mentioned that at Mass one time and a parishioner came into the sacristy to complain. She asked me, ‘Do you know who also hated cats?’ ‘I admitted I did not. She informed me, ‘Hitler hated cats, so did Mussolini and Stalin too!’ She made her point!
Cats are extremely independent. Some people might argue they’re indifferent and are only concerned about their own needs and desires. Even housetraining for a cat is based on what the cat wants, not what we want.
There are times when we are like that. We come to Church when we feel like it. We volunteer or make commitments based on what we think we’ll get out of it. We will work with other people as long as we can see the benefit to us. More often than we want to admit, we prefer to ‘do our own thing.’
Jesus says we’re like sheep. Sheep follow a leader. The flock moves almost as a whole in response to the shepherd’s guidance. So when Jesus used the image of the sheep to speak about us, He had in mind the way we long for leaders who will lead us and guide us and protect us. Jesus is concerned about those who ‘lead’ the sheep because there are differences between shepherds and hired hands. The important difference between the shepherds and the hired hands is their relationship with the sheep. Jesus is simply asking us to pay attention to who we are following. The good shepherd, the true shepherd, cares about the sheep. The hireling only cares about the paycheck. The wolf is only trying to find a free lunch.
Jesus is calling us to pay attention to our leaders. When you are acting like a sheep, who do you follow? The good shepherd is calling and inviting us into a close and loving relationship with himself. Jesus desires to know us and be known by us. Jesus longs to be our leader, to be our guide, to be our friend and our protector.
He’s calling today.
TO THE WINNERS OF THE
ST. BARNABAS REVERSE RAFFLE
JAMES KERLEY, KAITLIN TELESE, RITA LAYDEN, PATRICIA JIMINEZ, THOMAS FINNEN, DONNA GERBER, CATHY DOLINGO (A TWO TIME WINNER)
KENNETH BARNETT, THOMAS REILLY, JOSEPH CICERO, STEPHEN MARTIN AND THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER IS.....MONIQUE CONSTABLE.
THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE THAT PARTICIPATED.