Year A- Fourth Sunday of Easter
1 "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.
Inspiration of the Holy Spirit - From the Sacred Heart of JesusI am the Good Shepherd, the one who cares for the sheep. They get lost, hungry, and sick, and finally perish unless I come to the rescue. I open the gate for them, so that they can come in and find good pasture. I lead them through the meadows of life so that they may be happy and enjoy what I have to offer.
I am the gate of the sheepfold; there is no other way for them to go in. I am always open to welcome back my sheep, to care for them, and to protect them in the enclosure of my stronghold.
When they leave the sheepfold and go astray they are putting themselves at high risk, because the wolf is always ready to destroy them.
I am the One who gives life. I came to give life abundantly, not just the life that you live now but eternal life that comes from me.
I am the Lord, your protector: I protect what is mine. When you come to me and give yourself to me you become mine. In my joy I protect you and take care of you.
Come by my side and stay with me. I will share my Holy Spirit with you so that you may live for the spiritual life I offer. I will shine my light before you and lead you through the darkness of life, so that you may always feel secure.
Goats are proud but sheep are humble, they are both images of man. I delight in the humble of heart but resist the proud.
Be humble and accept my call, bend your will to my teachings, listen to my voice and open your heart to let my words burn within you. I want you.
Come, follow me.
Author: Joseph of Jesus and Mary
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