Being Pastoral – Eastertide7 Wednesday

What saddened them most was his saying they would never see his face again.  I wonder if we could say this of our own pastors!  It is a useful examination of conscience for me, and every pastor: do my sheep know that I love them?    This obviously doesn’t mean our pastors should serve popularity: such pastors are the wolves St Paul talks about – fierce wolves will invade you and will have no mercy on the flock.  Even from your own ranks there will be men coming forward with a travesty of the truth on their lips to induce the disciples to follow them.  So Satan often tempts Christian pastors in this way.  Jesus tells us today that popularity, of itself, is unpastoral: I passed your word on to them, and the world hated them.  Rather being pastoral is allowing Jesus to consecrate them in the truth.  It is only in truth that love is found: for lovers do not lie to each other.  This week we are begging the Holy Spirit to renew his Church and the world: let us daily beg the Holy Spirit to renew our priests and bishops in their passionate and honest love of their sheep, and above all the Lord.