Shepherd’s Legacy – Good News for August 27

27 08 2009

Matthew 24:42-51

Jesus said to his disciples, “Stay awake! For you do not know on which day your Lord will come. Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour of night when the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and not let his house be broken into. So too, you also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.

“Who, then, is the faithful and prudent servant, whom the master has put in charge of his household to distribute to them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master on his arrival finds doing so. Amen, I say to you, he will put him in charge of all his property. But if that wicked servant says to himself, ‘My master is long delayed,’ and begins to beat his fellow servants, and eat and drink with drunkards, the servant’s master will come on an unexpected day and at an unknown hour and will punish him severely and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”

The Daily Path: The passing of Senator Edward Kennedy has unleashed a torrent of media coverage that would be expected for a man of his fame and stature in America. Stories swirl around the family legacy, his iconic brothers John and Robert, scandals, and the seemingly endless string of tragedy that has followed the Kennedy clan. Teddy was arguably one of the U.S. Senate’s greatest members ever, dedicating 5o years in pursuit of social justice. As remarkable as his legislative record was, it’s important to note his legacy acting as a shepherd of Christ on earth.

As I watch the media coverage, a theme emerges that is often overlooked when thinking of Sen. Ted Kennedy. It falls within Jesus’ teachings of charity and compassion that we read about in the gospels of St. John.

Countless members of the Senate recall how Ted Kennedy was the first person to be present for them in their hour of need. Teddy was always the first to call or visit. His outreach was not superficial, nor was it fleeting. Time after time, he acted as good shepherd to guide them through personal tragedy for as long as his presence was needed. And it was not just members of Congress. Kennedy reached out to strangers and people he barely knew. Their crisis resonated all too well with him.

Few people in history have dealt with the tragedies faced by Kennedy throughout his life. He knew the pain but did not allow it too consume him. Instead, he used these experiences to help others cope and move beyond their own suffering. I believe this may be Kennedy’s true and greatest legacy

In this calling, Edward “Teddy” Kennedy lived his life in the way of Our Shepherd.

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