St Vincent de Paul Society

Reflection 4
April 26, 2015

Text (Gospel Story) John 10:11-18

Jesus said: “I am the good shepherd.  A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep…I am the good shepherd, I know mine and mine know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold.  These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there will be one flock, one shepherd.”

Sharing the Mission

The good shepherd is concerned about, cares for and protects the sheep even to the point of laying down his life for the sheep. The good shepherd fulfi the obligation of relationship. The relationship between shepherd and sheep (“I know mine and mine know me”) is likened to the relationship between the Father and the Son. This relationship requires of us disciples the same mission - to lay down our lives, too. Shepherding is serious business. It means that we cannot run away, but we must lay down our lives for the sake of others.  It calls us to commit ourselves to good deeds, such as caring for the sick, feeding the hungry, clothing the poor, forgiving those who wrong us, loving others as God has loved us. These good deeds are the very “stuff” of our everyday living and loving, in our families and in our service to the poor.

Discussion

How are we “good shepherds” to each other as Vincentians?

Action

This week, contact a member of the conference that has been unwell and unable to attend conference meetings.

Prayer

(Together)  Lord Jesus, give us the grace to be “good shepherds,” Strengthen us to be hope for others.
For those who live in loneliness,
May they know the healing bond of friendship.
For those whose labour is burdensome and whose wages are inadequate, May they receive employment worthy of their dignity.
For the sick and the dying,
May they know Christ’s healing though all Vincentians.
(Together)  Amen.