Alleluia! Christ is risen!
Christ is the Good Shepherd. We are his people, the flock He shepherds. What does it mean to be a sheep? How can we be better sheep to the best Shepherd? We reflect on the meaning of the love of God for us in our relationship with Him. This relationship is a gift for us to be active participants.
Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Catechesis At Home – Fourth Sunday of Easter – Year C
Fourth Sunday of Easter – Good Shepherd Sunday
The Good Shepherd Deserves Good Sheep
REFLECTION – Christ the Good Shepherd
“He made us, his we are; his people, the flock he shepherds.” Psalm 100:3
“The Lamb who is in the center of the throne will shepherd them.” Revelation 7:17
“My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27
This is Good Shepherd Sunday, a particular reflection on the Priestly mission of Jesus. Combined with this reflection, the Church also asks us to pray in a special way for priestly and religious vocations.
Last week, we reflected on Jesus passing on this ministry to Peter. This week lets look at being good sheep to the Good Shepherd.
First of all – He made us. Why? Out of love – the perfect love of the Trinity is so great that it overflows into creative power and we are created out of this love, for love. We are His. Not only as His creatures, but also His children, through baptism. We are His even more than we are our parents’. We are bound to Him by a covenant that is stronger than biology or legal adoption. He swears by Himself that we are His People – the flock He shepherds.
The Lamb, Christ, is our king and our Good Shepherd. We are subjects and helpless without his loving, selfless leadership. That leadership includes wiping away our tears, comforting us and guiding us to Him and His eternal salvation.
He speaks and we hear Him. His words are everlasting life (John 6:68). He knows us. More than our spouse, best friend, mom or dad, brother or sister knows us. He knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows our thoughts, our weaknesses, our gifts and strengths, and our potential. And He loves us, He tends us, He shepherds us.
DISCUSSION – Am I a Good Sheep?
This week discuss with your family in what ways we are good sheep and in what ways we can be better. Use these questions to get the discussion started:
How well do we allow Jesus to shepherd us? How well do we attend to hear His word? How well do we follow when we do hear? What can we do to better hear Him and follow Him?
Let us pray in a special way this week for the grace to hear and follow Him. And we pray for those He calls to the priesthood and religious life to hear and follow with glad and joy-filled hearts.
ACTIVITY – Becoming Better Sheep
We all want to be better disciples of Christ. We all desire to bring more people – especially friends and relatives into the sheepfold. This week make one conscious effort to invite someone to join you: in prayer, to go to Mass with you and your family, to have lunch or coffee or soda together just to visit (build relationship), or a Bible study or class at your parish or in the community. You could also invite them to listen to an episode of On the Road to Perfection that you happened to like very much and then talk about it together.
The Good Shepherd works with and through His sheep to reach other sheep. Let’s all allow Him to work in and through us!
DIG DEEPER – Other Good Shepherd resources from Holy Owned and Operated:
Page: Easter Resources
TWMWU: Feed My Sheep
TWMWU: The Lord Worked with Them
TWMWU: What Does Ephphatha Mean? Be Opened!
Podcast: How to be a Disciple – Episode 42
Podcast: Discerning God’s Will Part 1 – Episode 74
Podcast: Discerning God’s Will Part 2 – Episode 75
How am I a good sheep to my Good Shepherd?
by Beth & Kristofer Cowles
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One of the seven social teachings of the Catholic Church, caring for our earthly home is intimately connected to every part of our life.
After quoting an 80s video game and Monty Python, Beth and Kristofer dive into this topic with Kristofer making sure everyone knows he is not a tree hugger.
Then they go on identifying birds and trees as they walk by. Well, the topic is what the topic is – and they do answer the question we all have about that environment issue.
Yeah, that one.