John 10:11-18 Reflection – Guided by the Good Shepard

Reflection on John 10:11-18

A few years ago, my computer crashed due to a virus that lead to a slow and painful recovery that took more than a week. No doubt, prayer, quality time with my family, and my ability to be a sensitive business owner had been disrupted.  Yet, an inner voice whispered to me, “Get up, Jerry” (Acts 11:7). Christ knows me well; evil began to lose its power and could not win when faith is integrated and guided by the Good Shepard.

The Good Shepherd, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum

The Good Shepherd, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum


Additional Eastertide Reflections

John 10  New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.”

Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on John 20 10:11-18.