FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
FOURTH MONDAY of EASTER TIME
May 4, 2020
WORD of the DAY
I am the good shepherd.
A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
(John 10: 11)
How shall I live this Word?
The living Christ reveals Himself as “I am” and specifies, “I am the bread of life” (Jn 6: 35); “I am the light of the world” (Jn 8: 12); “I am the sheep gate” (Jn 10: 7); “I am the resurrection and the life” (Jn 11: 25); “I am the way, the truth, and the life” (Jn 14: 6); “I am the vine” (Jn 15: 5).
In our passage today, Jesus, after presenting Himself as the sheep gate, declares two times, “I am the good (beautiful- Kalòs) shepherd”, re-assuming in Himself the image of all the shepherds given by God to His people (Moses, David, the Prophets), but even the image of God Himself.
“I am the Shepherd”. This word in Hebraic is derived from the root ‘raah’, that means to nourish, feed, give food. The Shepherd is the one who feeds. Christ does not sate but rather nourishes. It is not the same to be sated as to be nourished!
Let me allow You to nourish me, Lord!
The voice of Fr. D. M. Turoldo, theologian and poet
Jesus Christ, Good Shepherd, you made Yourself our companion on the journey, because of our infidelity, never leave us alone, because we would get lost in arid pastures and lose our way in dark valleys. Continue to take care of us and defend us from the wolves. Nourish us with the purest food and lead us all to freedom. Amen. _____________________________________________________________
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