Gospel: Jn 10:1-10
Jesus said: Truly, I say to you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. But the shepherd of the sheep enters by the gate. The keeper opens the gate to him and the sheep hear his voice; he calls each of his sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but rather they will run away from him, because they don‘t recognize a stranger‘s voice.”
Jesus used this comparison, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
So Jesus said, ”Truly, I say to you, I am the gate of the sheep. All who came were thieves and robbers, and the sheep did not hear them. I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved; he will go in and out freely and find food.
”The thief comes to steal and kill and destroy, but I have come that they may have life, life in all its fullness.”
Read: The Good Shepherd Sunday. Jesus presents himself as the good shepherd as well as the gate for the sheep’s pen. He offers fullness of life to us by laying down his life for us. Peter invites us to recognize this gift, repent of our sinful ways, and be baptized into life in the Spirit.
Reflect: Our calling is to remember Christ and follow his example of giving life and caring for the world. We are called to be good shepherds who nurture lives – of fellow human beings, people on the margins, life of other species on earth, and the life of the planet. How can we play our part?
Pray: Pray for good priestly and religious vocations in the Church.
Act: Talk to a young man about priestly/religious vocation.