THE GOOD SHEPHERD – 3

FROM THE SERVANT GENERAL

ON SERVANT LEADERSHIP

(Part 74)

THE GOOD SHEPHERD – 3

April 28, 2015

Today’s gospel:  John 10:22-30

Jesus came to save all, but not all will be saved, if they refuse to accept Jesus as Savior and Lord and become one of his sheep in his sheepfold (that is, in the Church). Those who believe (still remember BE.LI.EV.E!?) will be saved. Those who do not believe will not be saved. “But you do not believe, because you are not among my sheep.” (v.26).

Who are those who are counted among Jesus’ sheep? “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” (v.27). Jesus’ sheep are those who have met him and who know him, and thus can recognize his voice. They are those who live his way of life and they follow him as disciples.

Many Catholics today are in the Church but are not in Jesus’ sheepfold, because they do not truly know him nor follow him. They are nominal in their faith. Our work of evangelization is intended for nominal and lapsed Catholics to meet Christ, to live Christ and to share Christ. The very first LCS talk (5-session version) is “Jesus the Messiah.” Jesus needs to be proclaimed anew, because many Catholics are like the Jews, who “gathered around him and said to him, ‘How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.’” (v.24).

It is our task as evangelizers to get lapsed Catholics to meet Jesus. It is our task as servant leaders to get them to know Jesus as the Messiah and so live his way of life.

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