Word To Life May 11

Jeff Hensley

North Texas Catholic

5/9/2014

May 11, Fourth Sunday of Easter.
Cycle A. Readings:

1) Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Psalm: 23:1-2a, 3b-6
2) 1 Peter 2:20b-25
Gospel) John 10:1-10

 

 

 

 

My wife and I have a friend who, along with her husband Al, kept a herd of 30 or 40 sheep on the small piece of land they owned in the Ozarks. We visited them a couple of summers ago and got to witness one modern-version shepherd, Al, and how his sheep knew his voice and followed him.

But, as I said, this was the modern version. At evening feeding time, Al would mount his fourwheeler and head out into a nearby pasture and begin “baa-ing” in a loud voice to gather up his sheep.

Then they, knowing this meant only good things for them — their evening meal, in this case — began  running full tilt back to the barn where their fodder waited for them in feeding troughs.

Al provided a dramatic illustration of what Jesus tells us about himself as the Good Shepherd in the Scripture from John for this week. Jesus’ sheep know him, and they know that all others who had come to lead them did not have
their best interests at heart and so they would not follow them.

“Whoever enters through me will be saved,” Jesus tells us, his sheep, “and will come in and go out and find pasture. … I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”

The psalm response for this weekend’s liturgy quotes Psalm 23, and, no matter how many times I read it, nor what version the translation is, it always seems to bring a sense of calm. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. In verdant pastures he gives me repose; beside restful waters he leads me; he refreshes my soul. And the congregational response repeats over and over, The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. 

When we are really following our Shepherd, we know that he will provide for all our needs, just like those bleating sheep following Al on the four-wheeler knew Al could be trusted to provide only good things for them. If simple
sheep can trust a human shepherd,how more can we trust ours? 

QUESTIONS:
How can you keep this image of Jesus the Good Shepherd ever before
you, to give you peace?

May 11, Fourth Sunday of Easter. 
Cycle A. Readings:

1) Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Psalm: 23:1-2a, 3b-6
2) 1 Peter 2:20b-25
Gospel) John 10:1-10

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