April 26, 2015, 4th Sunday of Easter
"I am the good shepherd. I lay down my life for my sheep." (John 10)
1 John 3:1-2
Gospel John 10:11-18 Readings Here
REFLECTION: There are countless quiet, everyday heroes of American life—parents who sacrifice long and hard so their children will know a better life than they have known.
Parents work hard and give up their own pleasures in order to build a secure future for their offspring. Not only must they shepherd their children, they must also show them how to be shepherds themselves.
PRAYER: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In green pastures he gives me repose;
Beside restful waters he leads me;
He refreshes my soul.
He guides me in right paths
Monday: As a parent or guardian of children, reflect on your gifts that assist you in being a “Good Shepherd” to others.
Tuesday: Discuss tonight at dinner the parish priest as shepherd. What considerations and cooperation do you offer your parish priest(s)?
Wednesday: Pray the family rosary tonight for all those who are shepherding and caring for others.
Thursday: The “Good Shepherd” is closely related to all those who serve one another. Take time today to pray for those who serve in the military.
Friday: Be a “Good Shepherd” today to someone.
Saturday: Many are scattered for lack of a shepherd and become food for the wild beasts. Pray for those who have strayed from their families and family values, those who have strayed from their religious roots.
PRAYER: Jesus, shepherd of our souls, selfless in your caring, lead us forth to days of peace and of thoughtful sharing. Free our life from ill and war; what is good in us restore. Amen.
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