May 3, 2009, 4th Sunday of Easter
“I am the good shepherd. I lay down my life for my sheep.” (John 10)
1. Acts 4:5-12
2. 1 John 3:1-2
3. Gospel John 10:11-18
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
for his name’s sake. (Psalm 23)
As a parent or guardian of children, reflect on your gifts that assist you in being a “Good Shepherd” to others.
Discuss tonight at dinner the parish priest as shepherd. What considerations and cooperation do you offer your parish priest(s)?
Pray the family rosary tonight for all those who are shepherding and caring for others.
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.
Be a “Good Shepherd” today to someone.
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.
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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