Ezekiel 34:16 ‘I will search for the lost and bring back the strays’
Today’s Feast, commemorating the martyrdom of Saints Thomas More and John Fisher, causes us to think of a time when kings had almost unlimited power and would let nothing and no one stand in the way of what they wanted.
The Gospel presents us with a different view of a king, a king who called himself the ‘Good Shepherd’, whom he spoke of as putting himself in danger and enduring hunger, cold, etc. to hunt for and bring back – without chastising them – his lost sheep, by whom he meant his subjects. Jesus was a King who cared about his subjects and their wellbeing, which he put before his own comfort.
With God in charge, we can rest secure – as the Psalmist said: ‘I will lie down in peace and sleep comes at once, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.’ (Psalm 3)
It is the responsibility of a king to show integrity, and of a human being to be true to the bond of friendship. Christ the King is the model of human integrity, and even goes so far as to call us his friends. Although we have sinned, gone astray, sought happiness elsewhere, God never stops seeking us, longing to show us His great mercy. Following His example, may we have the grace to extend mercy and friendship to our fellow men and women, as God has shown mercy to us.