Wednesday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
(Romans 6:12-18; Luke 12:39-47)
Msgr. Charles King was a priest’s priest. He gave himself completely to the shepherding of souls. He did take a weekly day off and once in a while left town for a few days’ rest and recreation. But he always gave 100 percent of himself to pastoral care when on duty. As an example, on Sundays after parish masses were celebrated, Msgr. King called shut-ins of the parish to offer his support in their trials. This pastor illustrates what Jesus has in mind when he answers Peter’s question in the gospel today.
“Lord, is this parable meant for us or for everyone?” Peter asks Jesus on behalf of his companions. In his answer Jesus implies that it is meant for his apostles not so much as missionaries but as pastors. They are to guide communities of faith providing exemplary pastoral care. Above all, they should avoid using their authority by exploit their flocks.
Pastors need the Spirit’s special support and, therefore, our prayers to fulfill their responsibilities. When we think about it, we realize that prayers for pastors have a wide range of benefit. Not only are the people in the pews assisted by their parish priests, but those same people have shepherding roles. Certainly the parents among them are to guide their children. Also, all Christians should be conscious of leading others to God by their good example.