Reflection for Monday, May 4, 2020: 4th week in Easter.

dc.contributor.authorCostanzo, Cindyen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorCostanzo, Cindyen_US IIen_US 4en_US
dc.description.abstract|Today's scripture readings on the Good Shepherd takes me back to the rolling hills of the Basque country in Spain. I was blessed to be part of a  pilgrimage and our group was on a bus traveling to Manresa, Spain. The beautiful countryside from a distant had hundreds of white dots which up close were sheep. A beautiful peaceful serene picture of sheep grazing on the hillside. Even when we left the countryside and were in town I found homes with one or two sheep grazing in the backyard. I think of the tender love and care the owners gave to these sheep. The owners were shepherds ensuring their sheep were nourished, fed, had shelter, and were kept safe.|Jesus as my shepherd provides undeniable love, nourishment, shelter and protection. If I wander away Jesus searches for me and welcomes me back. Jesus is not exclusive but inclusive and welcomes everyone …"I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold….these also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there will be one flock". Jesus embraces us all, we belong and do not have to earn the love and protection provided. |I welcome this and find time to pause, sit quietly, contemplate the following questions, and listen for the response.|What does it mean to be a sheep in Jesus flock?|Do I trust the Good Shepherd to watch over me?|Do I listen and know the voice of my Good Shepherd?|Have I spent enough time in silence and alone to recognize my Good Shepherd's voice?|What is my response to the Good Shepherd?|Where have I been a Good Shepherd?|Where have I walked away "like the hired hand" when I was needed?|Where are the wolves in our lives? Busyness, achievement, needing approval, being in control, anger and resentment?|Where have I not accepted others, discriminated against others, shunned others and not welcomed them to my fold?|When have I resisted sharing my faith, my gifts from God with others?|On this day I embrace Jesus love for me, I sit quietly and listen, and I welcome the beautiful images of the Good Shepherd in my life.en_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary Number: 279en_US
dc.program.unitCollege of Nursingen_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.subject.local1Acts 11:1-18en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 42:2-3; 42:3, 4en_US
dc.subject.local4John 10:1-10en_US
dc.titleReflection for Monday, May 4, 2020: 4th week in Easter.en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US
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