Reflection on John 10:1-10 ~
If you have never been around sheep you know that they bond very closely to their master. For example, when their master calls their own flock, the sheep will instantly go to the master even if his sheep is mixed in with another master’s sheep. If we have truly fallen in love with Jesus then we are ready to listen for his voice, ignoring all the other distractions mixed in around us. To reflect Jesus’s love to those around us is the path and gate to a life not of things or for self, but instead grace for others.
John 10 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Jesus the Good Shepherd
10 “Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. 2 The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6 Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
7 So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on John 10: 1-10.