May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/041816.cfm

Jesus said: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber. But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice, as he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has driven out all his own, he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice. But they will not follow a stranger; they will run away from him, because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.” Although Jesus used this figure of speech, they did not realize what he was trying to tell them.

So Jesus said again, “Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they ght have life and have it more abundantly.”

Our Shepherd leads, guides us, protects us and He knows each of us by name. Why would you trade Him for a false shepherd? Someone who does not teach the truth, who brings you into darkness and cannot protect you? Why would you choose darkness over light?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for sending us the Good Shepherd, your Son, who leads us, guides and protects us. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.

Athirst is my soul for the living God, Alleluia!

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