by BCBP admin

By Bro Gilbert Moises, BCBP Cebu South

where are mysheepA priest who came from a pilgrimage in Israel related to me a scene he could not forget. Across the hotel where he was staying was a hill with several sheep grazing on it. Nearby were their caretakers taking their rest under a tree. Towards sundown, one of the caretakers stood up and made a sound towards the flock of sheep. Some heads came up while the rest just continued on grazing. A second sound and those sheep whose heads came up began moving toward him. The second caretaker also stood up and made a sound and some sheep’s head came up acknowledging the call and started moving toward him. The third caretaker did the same thing and they all left the hill heading toward different directions with their respective sheep in tow.

This scenario brings to mind Jesus when he said in John 10:26, “My sheep hear my voice; I know them and they follow me.”
Our community observes the some pastoral concern over its members. Action Group Leaders are expected to shepherd the members assigned to them, serving as their friend, guide, mentor and, oftentimes, provider. He sees to it that the members are updated in all activities and programs that concern them and helps them in their walk with the Lord. Oftentimes, however, the sheep go astray exposing them to the elements. It is his responsibility to seek them out and bring them back to safety.

Where are my sheep?

It is a question which every Action Group Leader asks himself in every official activity of the BCBP, be it regular or special. The action group leader keeps tabs of every member assigned to him. In the past, the AGL spends a lot of precious time seeking out his members and ensuring their presence and support in every activity. He calls them and asks around for them whether at home, office or in places where they may be found. He does this because he is also made to account for them to the one above him, especially to his Unit Leader, who, in turn, is made accountable for the members of his Unit by the Chapter Head. While others savored the opportunity to be in this kind of service, others feel it is a burden affecting their own time for their family and livelihood.

The technological advancement may have changed that. We now have cellphones, Facebook, Twitter, CPS and the like to help us find our members.

Yet, the question remains, “why are the sheep scattered? Don’t they hear and recognize the voice of their shepherd? More importantly, are the shepherd still calling out to their sheep?

Only the sheep and shepherd knows.

In Ezekiel 34, the Lord admonished the shepherds who do not take care of their sheep but, nevertheless, gives assurance that his sheep will nut remain abandoned. Thus, the Lord says:

“Look, I myself will search for my sheep and examine them. I will deliver them from every place where they were scattered. In good pastures, will pasture them. I myself will pasture my sheep; 1 will give than rest. The lost I will search out, the strays I will bring back, the injured I will bind up, and the sick I will heal.”

Truly, the Lord loves His people. He continues to shower us with His care and comfort. How wonderful it is to be part of His sheepfold because then we are stress free knowing that we are under His protection. Should we ask for more?

The Lord is my Shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. In green pastures he makes me lie down; to still waters he leads me; he restores my soul. He guides me along right paths for the sake of his name. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,for you are with me your rod and your staff comfort me” (Psalms 23:1-4)

Thank you Lord for reminding us that, under your care, we are never lost.

Source: Kaigsuonan

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