A Good Shepherd

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Why do Jews not eat certain foods and Christians do? Peter and many of the early Christians, who were Jews, struggled with this. In today’s first reading from Acts 11, God gives Peter a revelation about this.

In our Gospel reading today from John 10, Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd.” He then goes on to explain about what a good shepherd does – “I will lay down my life for my sheep…No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own.”

We’re all called to be shepherds. If we’re part of a family, if we’re parents, employees, bosses, involved in ministry or sports or just about any other activity, part of that is being a shepherd to others. Are we laying down our lives for our “sheep?” Are we putting the needs of others before our own? That’s what a good shepherd does.

Father, help us in our roles as shepherd. May we be good and selfless shepherds today. Amen.

Today’s Readings


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