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The Lord is my shepherd

10429489_895292870522117_3552677265111540487_nIn my seminary (Conception Seminary College, in Conception, Missouri), we have a one-day retreat every month. This month, our retreat master was Fr. Scott Boeckman, from the Diocese of Oklahoma City. The theme of the retreat was psalm 23, which portrays God as a shepherd and the psalmist (the author of the psalm) as a sheep. This is perhaps the best known of the 150 psalms, but it has a great depth. It is a great prayer of trust in God.

The psalm begins, The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want. Father Boeckman noted that the psalmist refers to God in third person. He is my shepherd… he gives me repose… he revives my soul… he guides me along the right path. But then, something happens. The psalmist encounters the valley of the shadow of death, and the psalm changes. Though I should walk in the valley of the shadow of death, no evil would I fear, for you are with me. The psalmist refers to God in second person from then until the psalm ends. Fr. Boeckman then told us that our weaknesses and frailties are the place where God encounters us. It is then that God becomes for us a You instead of a he.

In my discernment towards the priesthood, I can say that truly the Lord encounters me in my weaknesses. After all, as a priest I will still be a weak man, but God’s power shines forth through our weakness (2 Cor 12,9).

About Ivan

I'm a seminarian of the Diocese of El Paso. I grew up in Chihuahua, Mexico, and moved to El Paso, TX, when I was 15 years old. I have discovered that loving and serving the Lord is the best decision one can make in one's life. Soy un seminarista de la Diócesis de El Paso. Crecí en Chihuahua, México, y me mudé a El Paso, Texas, cuando tenía 15 años. He descubierto que amar y servir al Señor es la mejor decisión que se puede tomar en la vida.

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