Gospel Reading and Thoughts for April 26, 2015

ShepherdGospel – John 10:11-18

Jesus said: “I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. A hired man, who is not a shepherd and whose sheep are not his own, sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away, and the wolf catches and scatters them. This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there will be one flock, one shepherd. This is why the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own. I have power to lay it down, and power to take it up again. This command I have received from my Father.”


As moms, we have a lot of decisions to make – from what to fix for dinner or pack for a snack to how to discipline a misbehaving child and comfort a distraught one. We have to decide when to run errands, how to help at school, what chores to do when, and how to find time to sleep! But what Christ is saying here is that He is the one in charge. He is always looking out for us. I find the idea of Jesus as my shepherd deeply comforting. I can be concerned with the day to day running of my family, like a grass eats sheep, but Jesus, my shepherd, puts us in that field of rich grass. He is watching over us and keeping us safe. We may get close to the rocky cliff, but he will always gently bring us back. If we cannot walk ourselves, he will carry us through.  We are never lost with him guarding us. May we all lay down and rest, knowing that Christ is keeping watch over us all.

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