Posts Tagged ‘One Body’


We give up too easily when challenges come or when we feel that we are all alone in our endeavour to serve the Lord and our brethren. We question why there are so many lukewarm ‘disciples’ in our church? Why is everyone else’s individual schedules more important then the one we have set for our Lord? St Paul reminds us today “Do not give up if trials come; and keep on praying.”

For if it is truly the Lord God’s will we have in our innermost desire to fulfil, then He will provide and send the right people for building His Kingdom. We only need to ‘let go and let God’ takeover. Indeed we all have been given different gifts according to the grace given us; but the real problem in many ministries and communities is that we do not recognise and affirm one another’s gifts. Which can only happen if we are praying community! ONE in body and mind and prayer who seeks to discern the Will of the Lord our God.  For our Lord will not only reveal the gifts He has provided for the growth of His Kingdom but increase it hundredfold.

O Good Shepherd my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, lead me in all things, body, mind and Spirit and I will gather Your flock unto You. Amen

First reading

Romans 12:3-13 ·

Use the gifts you have been given

In the light of the grace I have received I want to urge each one among you not to exaggerate his real importance. Each of you must judge himself soberly by the standard of the faith God has given him. Just as each of our bodies has several parts and each part has a separate function, so all of us, in union with Christ, form one body, and as parts of it we belong to each other. Our gifts differ according to the grace given us. If your gift is prophecy, then use it as your faith suggests; if administration, then use it for administration; if teaching, then use it for teaching. Let the preachers deliver sermons, the almsgivers give freely, the officials be diligent, and those who do works of mercy do them cheerfully.

    Do not let your love be a pretence, but sincerely prefer good to evil. Love each other as much as brothers should, and have a profound respect for each other. Work for the Lord with untiring effort and with great earnestness of spirit. If you have hope, this will make you cheerful. Do not give up if trials come; and keep on praying. If any of the saints are in need you must share with them; and you should make hospitality your special care.

Gospel

John 10:11-16

The good shepherd is one who lays down his life for his sheep

Jesus said:

‘I am the good shepherd:

the good shepherd is one who lays down his life for his sheep.

The hired man, since he is not the shepherd

and the sheep do not belong to him,

abandons the sheep and runs away

as soon as he sees a wolf coming,

and then the wolf attacks and scatters the sheep;

this is because he is only a hired man

and has no concern for the sheep.

‘I am the good shepherd;

I know my own

and my own know me,

just as the Father knows me

and I know the Father;

and I lay down my life for my sheep.

And there are other sheep I have

that are not of this fold,

and these I have to lead as well.

They too will listen to my voice,

and there will be only one flock,

and one shepherd.’