27th April

At the moment I’m reading a book ‘Forming Intentional Disciples’ by Sherry Weddell. Its main focus is in getting Christians to make a personal commitment to Jesus as Lord and Saviour as opposed to just being cultural Christians. For this to happen, we must believe in a personal God. Recent surveys show that 40% of Catholics in the US do not believe in a personal God – seeing him rather as some sort of cosmic power or intelligence who runs the universe.

Today’s gospel of the Good Shepherd epitomises the personal relationship that Jesus wants to have with us. After the passage there is a reflection from the www.jesuit.org.sg site.

Jn 10:1-5.9-10

Jesus said: ‘In all truth I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold through the Dooroffhe-Sheepfoldgate, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a bandit. He who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the flock; the gatekeeper lets him in, the sheep hear his voice, one by one he calls his own sheep and leads them out. When he has brought out all those that are his, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow because they know his voice. They will never follow a stranger, but will run away from him because they do not recognise the voice of strangers.’ 

‘I am the gate. Anyone who enters through me will be safe: such a one will go in and out and will find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full.’

Jesus’ Love is Personal: In today’s Gospel, Jesus, the Good Shepherd, knows and calls each of His sheep by name.  His sheep hears His voice and follows Him,  but not a stranger.  How personal is our relationship with the Jesus?  Feel Jesus’ presence in your heart several times each day and say to Him, “Jesus, I love you.”

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If you are interested in Pro Life and Irish politics, the following is relevant.

Family & Life welcomes the announcement by Fianna Fáil that it favours the retention of Ireland’s constitutional protection of the unborn, and commends the party for adopting a principled position on the issue. Dara Calleary, the party’s TD for Mayo said it is the party’s policy to maintain the Eighth Amendment (Article 40.3.3 of the Constitution), which acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and the equal right to life of the mother. Mr Calleary was speaking at the launch of the Clár for the Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis, which takes place this weekend.

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