May 7, 2017

Jn 10: 1-10

“Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.”

Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Abundant Life

Many of us carry a demon on our shoulders that whispers a dark mantra: Don’t trust God. He’s come to condemn you.” The closing line of today’s gospel unmasks that lie: I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”

Who is Jesus? What is his mission? Today’s gospel answers He is the one who comes to bring us new life.  Believing this deep in the marrow of our bones is vital for learning to discern which voices are from God and which are not.

I used to be terrified of the dark as a youth. But it was while meditating on this phrase that the Lord healed me of this paralyzing fear. My healing is not the exception but the rule. When we move into a deeper trust relationship, we begin to experience the power of God at work in our lives in extraordinary ways.

—J. Michael Sparough, S.J. is a Retreat Master and Spiritual Director at the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House outside Chicago. He video blog can be seen weekly at  www.heartoheart.org/Easter

Prayer

 Lord of Life, when I am beset by fear
And the demons from hell would lay waste to my soul,
Help me to remember what You have promised:
“I have come that you may have abundant life.“

 When I stumble in the dark and all light seems lost,
When I forget who I am and why I am here,
Let me remember one pledge that will never be broken:
“I have come that you may have abundant life.“

 When disappointment crushes my hope,
And the sadness of my sin steals all joy from my heart,
Oh, may I be graced to believe this one healing truth:
“I have come that you may have abundant life.”

—J. Michael Sparough, SJ

 


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May 7, 2017

Jn 10: 1-10

“Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.”

Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Abundant Life

Many of us carry a demon on our shoulders that whispers a dark mantra: Don’t trust God. He’s come to condemn you.” The closing line of today’s gospel unmasks that lie: I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”

Who is Jesus? What is his mission? Today’s gospel answers He is the one who comes to bring us new life.  Believing this deep in the marrow of our bones is vital for learning to discern which voices are from God and which are not.

I used to be terrified of the dark as a youth. But it was while meditating on this phrase that the Lord healed me of this paralyzing fear. My healing is not the exception but the rule. When we move into a deeper trust relationship, we begin to experience the power of God at work in our lives in extraordinary ways.

—J. Michael Sparough, S.J. is a Retreat Master and Spiritual Director at the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House outside Chicago. He video blog can be seen weekly at  www.heartoheart.org/Easter

Prayer

 Lord of Life, when I am beset by fear
And the demons from hell would lay waste to my soul,
Help me to remember what You have promised:
“I have come that you may have abundant life.“

 When I stumble in the dark and all light seems lost,
When I forget who I am and why I am here,
Let me remember one pledge that will never be broken:
“I have come that you may have abundant life.“

 When disappointment crushes my hope,
And the sadness of my sin steals all joy from my heart,
Oh, may I be graced to believe this one healing truth:
“I have come that you may have abundant life.”

—J. Michael Sparough, SJ

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!