Friday, May 13, 2011

May 15: Fourth Sunday of Easter

Each week during Lent and Easter, a young adult from the Archdiocese offers a reflection on the upcoming Sunday's Gospel.

John 10: 1-10
Jesus said: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber.  But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.  The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice, as the shepherd calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.  When he has driven out all his own, he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice.”…”Amen, amen I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep… whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come and go out and find pasture.  I came so that they may have life and have it more abundantly.”

Jesus is the gate, the only entrance to eternal life.  Jesus, the Risen One, always recognizes us and cares for us, he is our Shepherd.  Jesus is truly here for us, he knows us by name.  He is with us through the moments where we feel the most alone, moments of hardship, of worry, or pain.  We must abandon ourselves in perfect confidence and let Jesus be our Shepherd.  He is with us and leads us to life. 

Meditative Question:
What is keeping You from abandoning yourself and allowing Jesus to be your Shepherd and lead you to life?

Annette Galarreta
St. Raymond, Downey

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