Welcoming the Holy

Here we invite you to take time for yourself in personal prayer. The following spiritual reflection offers words and images which we hope will evoke for you an experience of God. 


 

Opening Prayer

Shepherding God, tender, wise and strong,
lead me, guide me, protect me.
Save me from my selfish independence
when I am inclined to stray from your love and care.
Find me, love me, console me…

 

Reading

I am the Good shepherd,
I know mine and mine know me…
I will lay down my life for the sheep…

                                    John 10 

Reflection

The figure of Jesus as the good shepherd was a favorite in the early Christian centuries. Sheep recognize the voice of their own shepherd and learn to obey voice commands: They fear strangers and will not be led by them.
Today’s world is frighteningly complex: compromised and shattered relationships at home, in our country and in the world; rampant heart-wrenching poverty, refugee chaos, crippling addictions, chaotic education systems, unattainable health care, unbearable loneliness, isolation, hopelessness…
We turn to a Shepherd who knows us intimately, loves us unconditionally and seeks us untiringly – even when we hide behind all the defenses we can muster.
We work to create a better world and we place ourselves and our every effort into the hands of the Shepherd who guides us…

Reflection Questions

Do I turn to God in prayer, expecting new insights, expecting to be guided and led, maybe even consoled?

We walk through life’s struggles and joys, not alone, but with others. With whom do I share my life? Am I available when others want to share their life with me?

 
 

Closing Prayer

O God, you are my shepherd;
I shall not want…
You guide me in paths of righteousness
for the sake of your name…
I fear no evil for you are with me;
You give me comfort…

                                  Ps. 23