⏰Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter (13 May 2019)

📕Acts 11:1-18; Ps 42:2-3, 43:3, 4,(R. Mark 42:3ab); John 10:1-10

As we enter yet another working week and continue our pilgrimage of faith here on earth, the message of Jesus as the good shepherd is continued today in order to remind us that with him by our side, we shall lack nothing. The picture that is painted in John 10:1-10 is one that presents the Good Shepherd as one who provides and protects.

The sheepfold is a place of safety for the sheep. The Israelites normally make use of a common sheepfold for shepherds in the same area with only one door in and out of the house. They take turns to guard the sheepfold. The shepherds bring in their sheep at night and come in the morning for them. The sheep belonging to each shepherd listen to the shepherd’s voice and follow him to pasture.

Jesus says that he is that door that leads in and out of the place of safety and provision for the sheep (John 10:7). Are you a sheep of his flock? If you are, you will hear his voice telling you, Come to me…you who work hard and who carry heavy burdens, and I will refresh you (Matt 11:28).

Note that this good shepherd shuns division or discrimination of any kind (see Acts 11:1-15) and would never abandon you even if people abandon you. The question is whether you are ready to follow his leadership. Do not separate yourself from him nor allow yourself to be used to separate others from him. He wants all that are part of his flock to be under his mantle (John 10:16).

May he give us the grace to stay away from sin so that we may always hear his voice and follow him to good pasture, and a place of rest in the end. Amen.

Have a beautiful and prosperous working week. Peace be with you.

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