February 22, 2021
Each day during Lent, I will be highlighting a Lenten Word (or phrase) of the Day from the readings of the day. I encourage you to reflect on this word or phrase throughout the day and incorporate it in your daily prayer.
Tend the flock of God in your midst, overseeing not by constraint but willingly, as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly. (1 Peter 5:2)
TEND THE FLOCK OF GOD: Multiple times throughout scripture we are reminded of our obligation to care for our fellow man. Jesus told us the two most important commandments were to love God and love others as ourselves.
As you pray today, reflect on what it means to care for our fellow man, what it means to “tend the flock of God.” It is an awesome, even overwhelming, responsibility.
I believe Jesus wants us to view it in this way: Rather than ask, “What all needs to be done for others?” perhaps we should ask, “What am I able to do for others today?” It speaks to the philosophy of breaking large jobs into manageable pieces.
There are some things we can do for others every day: Pray for them. Show them respect. Be kind and compassionate. Be forgiving. Offer a smile and a hand to everyone we meet. Use words that lift up rather than tear down. Love others as God loves us.
There are many other things we can and should do to respond to the call to “tend the flock of God,” but the simple interactions listed above are a great start.