Catechetical Corner

Jesus keeps us safe from harm

From the Desk of Ms. Kathleen Cook

Director of Religious Education


Theme: Jesus keeps us safe from harm

Scripture: The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10

We are the sheep and Jesus is the shepherd. Jesus loves us and He wants only what is best for us. He will watch over us and care for us and keep us from harm. He will provide everything that we need. The one who would climb over the fence and try to steal the sheep is a false teacher. He is one who will try to lead us astray and trick us into following him instead of following Jesus.

When someone tries to get you to follow him, listen to what he says and then ask yourself, “What did Jesus say?” If what he is saying is not the same as what Jesus said, Be Careful! Remember Jesus’ warning, “A thief comes only to rob, kill, and destroy. I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest.”

Dear Jesus, we know that you are the good shepherd. We love you and want to follow you each and every day. Help us to watch out for those who want to lead us astray. Amen.

Reflect: If a word or phrase from the Gospel captures your heart, sit quietly for several minutes,

repeating it to yourself and asking God to show you how it applies to your life.

Or reflect and possibly journal on what rules frustrate you the most? What might be the reason behind those rules?


Suggested book that compliments today’s Gospel:


The Knight and the Firefly: a boy,

 a bug, and a lesson in bravery.

Written by Tara McClary

Illustrated by Amanda Jenkins

Copyright January 2014 B&H Kids

ISBN-10 1433681196

ISBN-13: 978-1433681196


Family Discussion: How do you relate to Jesus as the good shepherd? When is it reassuring to know that Jesus is watching out for you? How do you see yourself helping to “shepherd” other people as a follower of Jesus?