Monday of the 4th Week of Easter, Year A. 8th May 2017.
“I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep, that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.”
In today’s gospel, our Lord Jesus Christ continues to explain his Shepherdship for us his sheep. “I know my own and my own know me.” This points us to the need to know our Saviour, to be in a constant conversation with Him and to know His will for our lives and follow Him daily. And if we feel like outcasts—away from the righteous people of God, lost and desolated—we can always if rest assured that our Lord Jesus Christ will come looking for us the moment we cry out of help and mercy, bringing us to His fold once again.
Jesus showed how much He loved mankind by laying down his life for us His sheep. This beckons us to ask ourselves how much we are willing to sacrifice our time and energy to those we love and also to question how willing we are in giving our all into our daily work, into our relationships and into our family.
People are getting lost everyday. It’s our duty as imitators of Christ to have a deep and personal relationship with Him, to listen to Him and learn to be shepherds to those around us, thus leading them to the Good Shepherd who is our Saviour Jesus Christ.
May we be given the grace to sacrifice ourselves for others, for in laying down our all, we get to rise victorious like Jesus the Good Shepherd.