The shepherds of the Gospel worked tirelessly with little recognition. Have you ever felt the same? As we begin this New Year, Alex Hale, SJ, invites us to experience the joy of the shepherds, the joy of encountering Jesus. Based on the readings for January 1, 2023.
Who cares for those who care for others?
Hi I’m Alex Hale and this is my One-Minute Reflection.
I’m sure that to be a shepherd is not easy. Spending your days running after lambs that can’t help but get themselves into trouble is likely exhausting just as being a steward of any sort is. I bet these shepherds in today’s gospel toiled away day after day, fighting off wolves, recovering lost sheep, giving everything they had and more while receiving little in return. Maybe you feel the same.
The birth of Jesus Christ gave the shepherds hope. It did not take away their burdens, but showed them something beautiful beyond them. That they too may feel the love they give to others because they have the king of creation there with them the true leader of the flock.
If you are feeling worn out, underappreciated, or unloved as we start a new year, I pray that Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, may bless you, keep you, shine his face upon you, and show you the depth of his love for you. Amen.