Have You Met the Shepherd?
Malvern Minute


May 8, 2017 – Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter

I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my sheep, and mine know me.  Alleluia!

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

A reading from the holy Gospel according to John (10:11-18)

Jesus said:
“I am the good shepherd.
A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

A hired man, who is not a shepherd
and whose sheep are not his own,
sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away,
and the wolf catches and scatters them.
This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep.
I am the good shepherd,
and I know mine and mine know me,
just as the Father knows me and I know the Father;
and I will lay down my life for the sheep.

I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold.
These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice,
and there will be one flock, one shepherd.
This is why the Father loves me,
because I lay down my life in order to take it up again.

No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own.
I have power to lay it down, and power to take it up again.
This command I have received from my Father.”

Reflect: I know mine and mine know me. Have we met the shepherd lately? If we are part of Jesus’ flock, that means that we know him, he knows us, and we recognize his voice. Inherent in that “knowing” is trust; believing that the good shepherd will protect us and never turn his back on us like a hired hand who has no love, no personal commitment, in the game.  To know the shepherd is to know his love – a love that has no equal; a love that will guide and direct us only in the safe and right paths; ultimately, a love that will give up his own life for our sake, for the sake of his sheep. If we know the shepherd, we will look for him always; we will be tuned in to his voice. How do we find him? By seeking him in the right places. By keeping our heart and mind fixed on the good, the beautiful, the loving, the perfect; and by keeping our ears attentive to joy, peace, hope, patience, forgiveness and reconciliation. He will be there; and he will introduce himself to us.

Questions: Where am I investing my time, energy and attention? Might the shepherd be hanging out there? What are the voices that I’m filling my day with? Am I on the frequency of the good, the beautiful, the loving?

Pray: Loving God, you are perfect; in you there is only good, only love. Give me a heart and mind that seeks your ways in all things and at all times.  I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

Jesus stood in the midst of his disciples and said to them: Peace be with you.  Alleluia!



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