March 27, 2021
Each day during Lent, I am 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 and incorporate it in your prayers today.
“The Lord will guard us, as a shepherd guards his flock.” (Responsorial psalm)
THE LORD WILL GUARD US: The phrase I have chosen to focus on this morning comes from the Responsorial Psalm for today’s Mass. We are presented with an image of God as protector. The role of a shepherd is not only to provide for his sheep, guide them from one place to another, or find them when they are lost, but also to keep his sheep safe, protecting them when they most vulnerable. There are many predators lurking, hoping the shepherd shows a lack of vigilance.
We are also subject to predators: temptation, greed, selfishness, immediate gratification, and more. The more we try to go it alone, the more vulnerable we become. We need God’s protection and NO ONE is more vigilant!
Some may be saying, “I don’t feel God’s protection. I feel like I’m on my own.” I would answer that concern with this analogy: If you went out into the pouring rain without an umbrella, would you be surprised you got wet?
If you want God to guard you and protect you – to keep you dry – you need to take him with you! If we do not feel his protection, we have literally “let our guard down.”