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MEMORIAL OF SAINT AMBROSE, BISHOP AND DOCTOR OF THE CHURCH, DECEMBER 07, 2022



A Gospel according to Jn 10:11-16


Jesus said:

"I am the good shepherd.

A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

A hired man, who is not a shepherd

and whose sheep are not his own,

sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away,

and the wolf catches and scatters them.

This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep.

I am the good shepherd,

and I know mine and mine know me,

just as the Father knows me and I know the Father;

and I will lay down my life for the sheep.

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, one shepherd."


REFLECTION

"I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me"


As a toddler, one of my children's favorite toy was a sheep. She carried that stuffed animal everywhere, I mean, everywhere. Some of her favorite shows were those that had the stories of the Good Shepherd, the Lost Sheep, etc. These were very cute stories we watched mainly on EWTN.


As the children grew older, these stories started to mature with them. From picture books, puppets and cartoons into paying more attention to homilies, reading the Bible, asking questions, etc. Their faith slowly started to grow.


Many times, it is easier to keep our faith at the level of a toddler. It is easier to believe in sheep that are stuffed animals, and the idea of a Jesus a TV producer dreamed of.


Spend some time reading the Bible. Pay attention to the details. Ask questions. Join us for our Face ZBS Bible Study. Ask us how HERE.


And let's see if we can learn together what Jesus really meant when He called Himself the "Good Shepherd".


God bless y'all!



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