Written on: April 29, 2020
In today’s first reading, Peter exhorts the people: “Repent for the forgiveness of your sins…save yourselves from this “corrupt generation.” As if those around us are the cause of our sinfulness.
In the second reading Peter softens. When we are patient in suffering, it is a grace of God. Jesus suffered much to bear our sins. That concept has always been far beyond my understanding but that is the word of God in Scripture!
Yet, Peter says, “by His wounds you have been healed.” Having worked in health care for more than forty-five years I can relate to that. Some wounds are small, some are big and awful. Some wounds heal completely and some leave devastating, life-changing disabilities. However we name our wounds: our sins, sinfulness, or failings, Christ is there to heal us no matter the wound.
John’s Gospel of the caring shepherd is so real, so comforting, soft but strong! Maybe Peter’s “corrupt generation” is the “sheep thief or evil stranger.” Jesus is the Shepherd and He calls his own sheep by name, he protects them, and leads them. And, as sheep do, they listen to the voice of the Shepherd and follow.
The Scripture today showers us with gifts of hope and comfort. Compassion, forgiveness, gentleness, healing and all-encompassing loving care are the gifts that Jesus offers us. We need only to follow the voice of the Shepherd as He calls our name.
Sister Mary Salvadore, GNSH loved and enjoyed her ministry of 45 years as a Physical Therapist. She served in several city hospitals including Bellevue Hospital in New York City and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. She also studied and practiced acupressure and shiatsu for 20 years. Her special interests are Tai Chi Chuan, Qi Gong, and Yoga.
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