April 25, 2021
Fourth Sunday of Easter
The Good Shepherd
Acts 4:8-12/1 Jn 3:1-2/Jn 10:11-18.
Today’s gospel makes a comparison between the good shepherd, who lays his life down for the sheep, and the hired man, who is not a true shepherd and who only works for the pay. The good shepherd is motivated by his love for the sheep; he knows them and they know him. The hired man, however, has no ownership in the sheep and is motivated only by the money. He is unconcerned with the danger his sheep may encounter. This same metaphor can be applied to us in our discipleship. As we go about serving God’s people in the church, do we do so out of love for the people we serve? Have we made every effort to develop a personal relationship with each of them? Or are we mostly dutiful in our service, acting only out of obligation and without concern about the people we serve? In either situation, the “sheep” recognize whether or not they are valued. Let us strive to be like the good shepherd in all aspects of life as a missionary disciple.