SERVING THE FLOCK
by Danny Tariman
“Tend the flock of God in your midst, overseeing not by constraint but willingly” (1 Peter 5:2)
I am so blessed to have served the people the LORD has given me. It is indeed a blessing that after many years since I left them, our friendship continues.
Take the story of “Amante” (not his real name). I had met him and his family way back in late 90’s in a remote mountain village in Laguna. I had helped him and his family enter into a relationship with Jesus. They had been attending Bible studies since then. He and his family’s life got renewed, and their lives flourished and continue to prosper.
My friendship with them continue to strengthen. We had helped them build their village chapel, we had conducted a number of charity missions to their village. And they would reciprocate these with their own way of showing their love for my family.
Take the story of “Pete” and “Nancy” (not their real names). I had met these people while I was serving the LORD on a mission in a foreign land. They are regular attendees of a Bible Study that I conducted in their city. They come together with their respective families. Every time they attend our sessions, I can see joy in their faces. They would tell me that they are blessed and strengthened in their faith in the LORD.
Over the months, I had built a strong friendship with their families. In fact, they had treated me as their own. I left their country in 2011 when I returned home. While we are miles away, our friendship continued. They would even come and visit us in Manila with their families. They celebrated with us special days of our families.
Truly, I am so blessed to have served them. I pray I will be able to continue to serve them even after many years of absence from the mission.
I claim the ending verse of the Mass reading: “And when the chief Shepherd is revealed, you will receive the unfading crown of glory” (Philippians 5:4)
How do you tend your flock? Are you able to bring them to the LORD, as you strengthen your friendship with them?
LORD Jesus, our Divine Shepherd, teach me how to tend the flock you are giving me. Let me imitate Your way of tending the flock. Amen.