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Association of the Miraculous Medal
Gospel Reflection for May 12
Fr. Luke passed away on August 10. Prior to his illness, he had prepared gospel reflections for each Sunday of the Liturgical year. We will continue to share his wisdom and faith.
Besides her great privilege of being the Mother of God, Mary was also her Son’s first disciple. She is often called the Model, or Exemplar of the Church. Following her example, we walk with her through the Gospels as we reflect on her response to God in her life.

May 12, 2019—Fourth Sunday of Easter

  John 10:27-30

Father Oscar Lukefahr, C.M.

The Fourth Sunday of Easter is known as “Good Shepherd Sunday” because the Gospel is taken each year from the tenth chapter of John, where Jesus identifies himself as “the Good Shepherd.” On TV we might see shepherds in Europe or America herding sheep with the help of a dog, walking behind them, driving them to their destination. But in the East, shepherds lead their sheep. Several shepherds, for example, might gather their sheep into a large corral at night. In the morning, each shepherd calls his sheep. They recognize his voice and follow him to pasture. So Jesus says: “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”

Of course, when Jesus speaks of his sheep, he isn’t talking about wooly critters. He’s talking about us, who should hear his voice and follow him to eternal life.

What does it mean to follow Jesus? Benedict XVI explained it in this way: “Following him means immersing our own will in the will of Jesus, truly giving him priority, giving him pride of place in every area of our lives: in the family, at work, in our personal interests, in ourselves. It means handing over our very lives to him, living in profound intimacy with him, entering through him into communion with the Father in the Holy Spirit.”

Three suggestions for the coming week to help us follow Jesus. First, read John 10:1-18. Second, pray Psalm 23 often: “The Lord is my Shepherd, there is nothing I shall want. He leads me to green pastures....” Third, since Good Shepherd Sunday is also Vocations Sunday, pray for Pope Francis and all bishops, priests and deacons. Pray that more men will respond to Christ’s call to serve him in the priesthood.

And these suggestions will work best if you try them in the company of Mary, Mother of the Good Shepherd!

Read last week's reflection.