“Do you Hear Me Now?”

by Sr. Juliemarie Mcdonald, SND. on 04/14/2016

in Easter

Fourth Sunday of Easter

April 17, 2016

“My  sheep hear my voice,I know them and they follow me.” (Jn 10: 1)

Do you Hear Me Now?”


Abbot Boltwood told this story in one of his homilies. When a sheep strayed from the flock, the shepherd would search until the run-away was found. He would then break one it’s legs, and carry it on his shoulders until the leg healed.
“How cruel I thought! But after reflecting upon his action and my own faith journey, I realized it was not cruelty, but love at work.”

Sometimes, like sheep, we stray.
Each of us are lured from the Lord
At certain times in our faith journey.
Reflection on our broken legs
Can actually help us to respond to the shepherd.
HEAR? Yes, I hear you now.

Admittedly, I was not deaf; I was just not listening to the message.
Now I realize how our Devine Shepherd persistently seeks to find.
Daring us to change our wayward ways to return to one who loves you.

Found by forgiveness and mercy, we have taken the dare; we are saved.
In the newness of truly hearing and listening, I see others differently.
Now I can be merciful and forgiving; now not criticism but compassion.
Dear God, thank you for your shepherd love, forgiveness and mercy.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

HELENE April 15, 2016 at 11:47 am

Thank you for the story and the beautiful reflection. Hope all is well with you!


Sr. Juliemarie McDonald May 10, 2016 at 11:11 am

Helene, Actually, I have had a few broken legs. Pray for me. The stray, Jm


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