Posted by: livingscripture | April 26, 2015

Fourth Sunday of Easter – World Day of Prayer for Vocations

From the Word of the Day

 “A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”   (John 10: 11)

 

Shephrd1[1]How should we live this Word

 This expression is from Jesus, brought to us by John’s Gospel.  Many of us know it by heart and it no longer arouses emotions or reflections.  Let us shake off the dust of what we know, of what lies in our memory as a deposit that is no longer used.  Then it will be ‘new’ like the eternal newness of this passage.

It does not matter if today’s social-cultural reality has little to do with the shepherd’s occupation, with sheep, or with idyllic scenes that were once well known and a life-style of the past.

The Good Shepherd is here.  Jesus is alive and true in His absence.  When he said these words, He was fully aware of what He was about to undergo, His way to Calvary with the weight of the cross on His shoulders, the ridicule, the cruelty of the soldiers, and finally the shedding of His blood to the last drop on the infamous cross.

Jesus identifies Himself with the Good Shepherd to express the passionate tenderness He nourishes for the weak and the poor like us.  It is a love that is not just words.  Even the Greco-Roman poets, thinkers, and philosophers had exalted love expressed in the will to give one’s life.  But how many of them lived it?  You, Jesus, and only You, did not only speak about it but lived it fully in all its sublimity as Gift.

 In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to help me appreciate fully the fact that He is my Good Shepherd.

Lord, grant me a new and vibrant heart.  Make me aware and committed to make my life a daily giving of myself.

The Voice of Pope Francis

At the root of every Christian vocation, there is this basic movement of the experience of faith.  To believe means to leave ourselves, to leave our comfort zone and the rigidity of our ego to concentrate our life in Jesus Christ, to abandon our land like Abraham, and journey with trust, knowing that God will indicate the road toward the new land.

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