Hello, Ursuline! This weekend we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter by reading Jesus' "Good Shepherd" discourse. Please feel free to leave any prayer intentions here, and have a great weekend!
This Sunday’s Gospel reading is a short, but important message directly from Jesus:
“My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.”
This quote from Jesus comes from the “Good Shepherd” discourse, where he describes himself as the shepherd, leading his sheep (or people) to God. Jesus points out that he knows his sheep. He promises them security and says that the Father has entrusted his sheep to him. At the end, Jesus affirms that he and the Father are one – implying that he is God. Earlier, in John 10:7-10, Jesus says that he is the gate for the sheep – “whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Jesus ensures that no one can come and steal the sheep from him, promising them security and eternal life.
Jesus is our protector and Shepherd. He takes care of us, guides us, and defends us. We must listen to him, even when we are busy. God is so easily accessible through prayer and scripture, so we must take the time out of our day to grow in relationship with him. By growing our relationship with him, we learn to listen to his voice. Trust that God loves us and will always protect us from evil as we are his children.
How do I remind myself to listen to God?
What is something that I can do daily to grow in relationship with God?
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Written by Maddie Colbert '22 and Ava Place '23
Illustrated by Elle de la Garza '22