We all “feed” and “tend” as signs of love (Jn. 21:15-17). This can be aimed at one’s spouse, child, family, friend, neighbour and any person or pet in our lives. It is not a question of “If”, but rather a matter of “What” we feed and tend. We can feed someone a “stone” if he/she asks for bread (Mt. 7:9). In other words, that which we impart to another may neither be beneficial nor leads to life and happiness.
The Lord is our standard and our guide. The gift of Himself in the Eucharist, wrapped with the Holy Spirit, is the perfect life-giving sustenance for our entire being. As our Shepherd, He truly desires our well-being and happiness. As a people who participate in His call to shepherd all in our lives, it is important to discern when we are feeding with fish or stone. Our words, intentions and actions should enhance life.
Loving Lord, You feed us with the best of what we need, and lead us into pastures of joy. May we choose to imitate Your example, so that the ‘food’ of our words and lives will give life and peace to all we encounter in our journey. Amen.