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Apr 20 2018

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Pew Leaflet Sunday 22 April 2018

REFLECTION FOR THE WEEK:

Today we celebrate “Good Shepherd” Sunday. This gospel tells us that the kingdom of God is not merely like a shepherd and his sheep; but rather, Jesus himself is the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep. The sheep know his voice. The Good Shepherd smells like the sheep. We can ask ourselves how we attune ourselves to the voice of the Good Shepherd. Where do we hear him calling? Have we been scattered, or are we attentive to the voice and near the Shepherd? Jesus lays down his life for his sheep but takes it up again.

To be a disciple of Jesus is not simply to be a “hired hand” who acts only to be compensated, who is concerned only with his or her own welfare. The Gospel of the Good Shepherd is a lesson in leadership that is centred in the servanthood of Jesus. To act in the interest of those in our care, to “freely” place our own stature at the service of others, is to embrace the model of Christ the Good Shepherd. Christ calls each one of us to realize that the gifts, talents and abilities that God has entrusted to us are not for our own profit but to fulfill our vocations as “good shepherds”: to seek out and bring back the lost, scattered and forgotten.

(Living Liturgy 2018)

Easter 4 – 22 April.pdf

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