By Sr. Margaret Proskovec, ND
“I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly." Jn. 10:10
Growing up, my younger brother spent one summer raising a lamb. The cries of this tiny, soft-wooled creature sounded much like those of a human baby. Even though there were seven of us children, little Chico knew my brother’s voice and followed him wherever he went about the farm, wagging its tail happily and scampering to keep up with him. Starting with bottle feeding the little lamb, Bob gave Chico the food, exercise, and shelter he needed in order to grow into a fully mature sheep.
When I reflected on this Sunday’s readings, this image stood clearly in my mind and offered some sense of Jesus’ image of the care of the shepherd and the trust of the lamb.
Hearing the Shepherd’s voice, how do I respond when he calls me by name? How do I respond when he calls me to:
Do I really believe him when he says: “I have come so that they might have life and have it more abundantly?"
Our Shepherd, Jesus, walked with us, taught us by word and example, suffered the worst of what human beings can suffer, and died in order to open the gate to God’s great love and boundless life for us. Do I trust him enough to accompany him on the adventures where he takes me?
Beloved Shepherd, grant that I may allow myself to be guided by you, follow your designs, and accomplish your desires. Grant that in all things, great and small, today and all the days of my life, I may do whatever you call forth from me. Help me to respond to the promptings of your grace, so that I may be your trustworthy instrument. May your will be done by me, in me, and through me. Amen. [St. Teresa of Avila]