O Jesus, you will be my good Shepherd.
Picture Jesus teaching in the Temple.
At night, many shepherds would bring their sheep into the city and place them in a large building. In the morning, the owner (a gatekeeper) would allow the true shepherds to enter the building. Because the sheep would be mingled, each shepherd had to call out. Knowing his voice, his sheep would come forward. Then the shepherd could lead them out to pasture.
Gospel Text: (Read slowly, possibly aloud.)
Thoughts: (Read all. Ponder the ones that attract you.)
- The Father is the gatekeeper. He gives Jesus full access to the sheep.
- Others are kept away because they will steal the sheep.
- A shepherd trains his sheep to recognize his voice.
- Their safety depends upon their recognizing their shepherd’s voice.
- When called by another voice, the sheep flee. He is not their shepherd.
- Those listening to Jesus cannot understand this easy example because their hearts are set against him.
Affections: (When one touches your heart, use your own words.)
- O Jesus, you alone are my shepherd.
- Train me to know your voice and to recognize your words.
- Call me, Jesus and I will follow.
- Lead me out of a sinful life and into the daylight of goodness.
- O Jesus, when I followed false shepherds, they stole my heavenly treasure.
- I want only your voice, your words, your path and your will.
Resolutions: (Possibly you might want to make your own.)
+ I will listen today for the voice of the Shepherd.
+ I will follow wherever he leads me.