“Jesus said: ‘I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. A hired man, who is not a shepherd and whose sheep are not his own, sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away, and the wolf catches and scatters them. This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep.
I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there will be one flock, one shepherd.
This is why the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own. I have power to lay it down, and power to take it up again. This command I have received from my Father.”
Drink in Jesus’s words to you on this Good Shepherd Sunday.
What touches you as you observe him as the Good Shepherd?
What message does that carry for you?
Heritage word—“When we see only God in all things, we are no longer ashamed of anything, because we do not know whether there is anybody else in the world except the good God alone.”
(St. Julie Billiart, Spiritual Mother of the Sisters of Notre Dame)