Truly, I say to you, the servant is not greater than his master, nor is the messenger greater than he who sent him. Understand this, and blessed are you, if you put it into practice.
I am not speaking of you all, because I know the ones I have chosen, and the Scripture has to be fulfilled which says: The one who shares my table will rise up against me. I tell you this now before it happens, so that when it does happen, you may know that I am He.
Truly, I say to you, whoever welcomes the one I send, welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me, welcomes the One who sent me.”
What is the connection between the Feast of the Dedication and Jesus’ teaching that He is a shepherd? The Feast of the Dedication is the commemoration of the dedication of the temple by Judas Maccabeus after it had been desecrated by King Antiochus Epiphanes. In a way, this feast celebrates their liberation from a pagan king. By saying that He is a shepherd, Jesus is telling the people that like a shepherd, He will also bring them liberation. He will bring them to freedom. From this thought, let us reflect on the following questions – What are the things that we need to be free from? What are some attachments that we need to let go of? Once we find answers to these questions, let us be reminded that our shepherd, Jesus Christ, will be there to guide us in our journey to freedom. /Vulnerasti, 2022