Posted by: livingscripture | April 22, 2013

Easter Monday Four

From the Word of the Day

“I am the gate.  Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture.”

             (John 10: 1-10)


How should we live this Word? cbconsolator_t[1]

Today in his Gospel, John brings us to the first part of the passage about the Good Shepherd.  It compares the true shepherd with one who is a thief and a robber.  The true Shepherd knows his sheep and the sheep listen to him.  They run away from the stranger because they do not know him.

Jesus here emphasizes the gate.  Before declaring Himself the Good Shepherd, He twice defines Himself as the gate for the sheep.  He is in fact the gate that allows or prevents access to the sheepfold.  At the same time, He repairs the gate; carefully guards the sheep, and defends them from evil doers.  Because this gate is Jesus, He is the one who protects the entrance.  No one with dishonest intentions gains access because he would bring confusion and even death.

In order to dwell in the Lord’s fold we must be able to listen, to be ready to go in and out in order to find pasture.  We must be prompt to face even risks in seeking the truth and in the witness we must give.  There is no need for fear.  Jesus is the gate and is also an expert Shepherd!  He is here with us so that we may have life in abundance.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will tell Jesus of my joy in belonging to Him and ask Him to give me the grace to remain with Him always. 

Lord, send Your light and Your truth.  Let them guide me to Your holy dwelling.

The Voice of the Message for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations 2013

To follow Jesus means “giving our life to Him, living with Him in deep intimacy, entering through Him into communion with the Father in the Holy Spirit.  It means as a consequence to be in communion with our sisters and brothers as well.  This communion of life with Jesus is the privileged ‘place’ where we experience hope and where life is free and full”.

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