Jesus included everybody! Shepherding today requires paying attention: one of the clearest features of Jesus’ pastoral style is the way He included people that each person is not left out: he included criminals, the “unclean” and people who were outcast (Samaritans, Gentiles, the poor, the sick, lepers, women, etc.). Jesus always defined his mission on the basis of who is included, not on who is left out. How can we translate that gesture in our contemporary world today?
How can I show each person that crosses my path that they matter?
Besides showing someone that they matter, in what ways can we minister commendably to the needs of the parishioners of St. Isidore and to the unchurched that might ultimately show them or someone else our compassionate God? Parish is defined not as a building but “neighborhood” then, in that case God expects us to help those who have a possibility of becoming a good neighbor through our hard work in ministry.
At the end of the day, like John of the Cross said, “In the evening we shall be examined on love”.
That means you and I are accountable to examine ourselves at the end of the day;
I may not have perfectly live my life throughout the day but if I paid attention or accompanied somebody, it would be more than enough.