From the desk of Ms. Kathleen Cook, Director of Religious Education
Theme: John 10:27-30 Jesus describes his care for his sheep.
Summary: In this brief passage from the Gospel of Saint John, we are presented with the image of Jesus as the shepherd who seeks out the sheep. This passage reveals that all are called by the voice of Jesus. Jesus speaks of an inclusiveness that is the desire of God for all people. Jesus says time and time again that nothing separates him from the Father. Therefore, the sheep that Jesus speaks of cannot be snatched from him because they have been given to him by the Father.
Scripture: My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.
In Scripture today, a group of people were gathered around Jesus. They asked him whether they should believe that he was the Messiah. Jesus told them that to those who believe in him, he gives eternal life and they will never die.
My Promise to Jesus: Jesus, my Good Shepherd, I will listen to your voice and follow you.
Let us pray for our children receiving Eucharist for the first time. We ask that their minds may be filled with His truth and their hearts with His love. We also remember their parents and catechists who by their words and actions guided these children through their Eucharistic preparation.
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 the following question: How would a deeper awareness that you live in God’s hands change your worries?
Suggested book that compliments today’s Gospel:
Horton Hears a Who!
Written by Dr. Seuss
Family Discussion: Not only can we recognize family members’ voices, we can also read the tone of their voices and know something about how they are feeling. In our relationship with Jesus, we know Jesus’ voice and are called to follow. Jesus doesn’t just bring us closer to the Father, Jesus puts us directly into contact with God the Father, removing all distance between us. In the Gospel of John, Jesus identifies so closely with the Father that he tells us that they are one—not just close, but actually one. Knowing Jesus means knowing the Father.
Read with your family today’s Gospel, John 10:27-30. Ask your family members to talk about some ways that Jesus brings them closer to God and closer to one another. Pray together the Acts of Faith, Hope, and Love.