Monday April 25- “The Lord is My Shepherd…”
Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I am has sent me to you.’” (Exodus 3:13-14)
“The Lord is my shepherd…”
We could spend the whole morning on just that phrase. It is the title, the theme, the core , the foundation of the Psalm.
A good shepherd takes care of his sheep. He is on duty 24/7. He is always on the look out for predators, sickness, cuts. He is constantly counting his sheep, searching for the one that is missing. It reminds of us Jesus parable of the lost sheep in Luke 15. The shepherd has his bag of ointments to care for his sheep.
If we say, “The Lord is my shepherd,” then we are the sheep. Sheep need to be led, they follow along, not thinking where they are going. They are timid, fearful, they have a pecking order. It sounds like us, doesn’t it? Isaiah writes this in chapter 53:6, “All we like sheep have gone astray, each to his own way…” That is why humanity desperately need a shepherd. A Good Shepherd, not a hireling. Jesus tells us that a hireling will run away and leave the sheep when danger comes, because he care nothing for the sheep.
Let us make sure we follow the Good Shepherd. here are other “shepherds” who want to us to go their way and will lead us astray. But not Jesus. Why? Because Jesus owns his sheep. He says we are his.
When a shepherd get s new sheep he marks them, usually a distinctive mark on his ear, so he and anyone else will know those sheep are his. And so we are marked, with the sign of the cross at our baptism. We belong to the Good Shepherd.
Can I truthfully say, ” The Lord is my shepherd?” Am I willing to trust him with my life and follow him?