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Example of a Good Shepherd: Norman Borlaug

18 Apr

John’s gospel makes an extended comparison between Jesus and shepherds who pasture, protect, and water their flocks and who at night sleep in the opening of the sheepfold. Jesus is both the good shepherd and the gate to the sheepfold. This Sunday the Church reads from John 10, where the gospel makes this comparison.

A man died in September 2009 who like a good shepherd used his brains and energy that millions on our planet might eat.  Norman Borlaug believed food is a moral right.

Borlaug received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for developing disease-resistant wheat that grew well in Mexico, India, Pakistan, and African nations where population was outrunning food production. Famine seemed inevitable when Borlaug finished his doctorate in 1942.

Gospel Reflection for April 21, 2013, 4th Sunday of Easter

16 Apr

Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me.”

John 10:27

Sunday’s short gospel passage comes near the end of John’s gospel, chapter 10. Jesus knows us. This passage promises his followers will never perish. No one can snatch us from Jesus’ hand or his Father’s hand. These consoling promises make a comforting funeral gospel; our relationship with Jesus and his Father is infinite and eternal. 

What insights into our relationship with God as believers do you find in the imagery of the good shepherd?

Gospel Reflection for April 29, Fourth Sunday of Easter

26 Apr

Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd.  Good shepherds lay down their lives for the sheep.”

John 10.11

As John’s chapter 10 begins, Jesus talk in an elaborate figure of speech about sheep and shepherds.  Sheep know their shepherd’s voice; they won’t follow a stranger or a thief.  A shepherd leads a flock in and out of a sheepfold by calling them.

A good shepherd has not only a familiar voice but a wholehearted commitment to the sheep.  Unlike hired hands that run at the sight of the wolf, good shepherds put their lives on the line for the sheep.  In John’s gospel Jesus is the good shepherd, God become one of us, to accompany us in our human condition and lead us to abundant life.

For whom have you or would you put your life on the line?

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