Fourth Sunday of Easter

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Fourth Sunday of Easter – Cycle B

Read: Acts 4, 8-12 1 Jn 3, 1-2 Jn 10, 11-18

Reflection:

Did you realize that sheep, even though rough in appearance, are fragile and naturally defenseless? Because of their shortsightedness they can only see 6 feet ahead. The shepherd must keep continual watch over them. A saving factor is that they can be trained to obey. Sheep learn to respond only to their shepherd’s voice. When the sheep are named and their shepherd calls their name, trusting his motives, they follow his lead.

You can see why it is important that the shepherd love his sheep. He feeds them, waters them, leads them to green pastures and cares for them when they are sick. If a lamb or sheep strays, the shepherd brings him back t the herd usually on his shoulders. This is so he can speak in the stray’s ears and his voice becomes more familiar. At night the shepherd becomes the door of the sheepfold as protection to them.

It is obvious why Jesus claimed to be the Good Shepherd. He waters us in the springs of Baptism, feeds us in the Eucharist and His Words, and through grace calls us back to the fold when we have gone astray.

Did you ever think of yourself as being a good shepherd? In ministry we need to love whatever flock we tend. We feed the people of God with our words of wisdom and guidance and teachings. A good minister is patent when the flock rebels, or strays, or simply becomes disinterested. A good shepherd knows each need and gives the extra assistance when necessary. All these qualities are especially needed in the field of education. Judith Butler, of county Cork, Ireland, has this to say about shepherding in a classroom. “Once we love, enjoy and appreciate the individuality of each and every child in our classroom – everything else falls into place” (www.unicef.org/teachers/teacher/teacher.htm)

When we hear the Good Shepherd’s voice, do we LISTEN trusting His motives? Do we follow his lead? Perhaps some good advice to reflect upon would be: Let Jesus love you, feed you, lead you, find you, and protect you.

Proverb: ” If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a family (nation). ( Probably a Fanti Ghanna)

Prayer:

Thank you, Good Shepherd, for loving me and caring for me. Help me to be a good shepherd in my ministry. Grant me patience and wisdom to appreciate every person and to understand their needs. Amen.

Listen:

“…they shall hear my voice.” (Jn 10, 16) Lord , I am listening. Which of the qualities of a good shepherd do I need to develop to be like You, the Good Shepherd?

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