Join us as we reflect, ponder, and pray together inspired by today's Gospel.
Today's Gospel: Fourth Sunday of Easter - John 10:11-18
“I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.” As a mother, this Gospel has a special resonance. Yes, Jesus is our good shepherd. We are the sheep called to follow Him. He lay down His life for us for our salvation. Following Him is the one true way to abundant life.
In our own way, however, we are also called to be good shepherds of our families. Motherhood is a vocation of service and sacrifice. In big and small ways, we are called to lay down our own lives for our children. We are also called to lead our children to God.
Our children have their first experience of God through us. They learn about God through what we teach them – Scripture, prayers, going to Mass, sacramental preparation, etc. – but they also learn about God through how we act. They will learn about love through how we treat them. They will learn about being a faithful Catholic by the way we live our lives. Being a good shepherd to our “sheep” is a huge responsibility, but it is an important part of the vocation of motherhood.
How can you be a better shepherd to your children today?
Dear Jesus, You are the good shepherd. Help me to always follow You and to lead my children to you.
Copyright 2021 Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur
About the Author
Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur has a Master’s Degree in Applied Theology and is the author of The Catholic Baby Name Book, The Power of Forgiveness, and Our Lady of La Salette: A Mother Weeps for Her Children. A mother of three, she is the editor of TodaysCatholicHomeschooling.com as well as a freelance writer and editor.