Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Easter – 2024

Written on: April 18, 2024

“Reflection On Our Good Shepherd”
Written by Sister Cathy Bleiler, GNSH

First Reading: Acts 4:8-12
Second Reading: 1 John 3:1-2
Psalms: 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 29
Gospel: John 10:11-18

A digital, printable version of the reflection can be found here: Fourth Sunday of Easter Reflection 2024

A Good Shepherd is someone who is always a thought or a prayer away.

It seems that we forget to call on this holy protection each and every day. He is watching us in good times as well as during challenging times. Remember, He watched His flock of sheep closely making sure they were safe. Even the sheep that wandered away, he set out to bring them back. Nothing was impossible for Him to do. It was His job.

Think back to our younger days when we were shepherded. Did we accept that it was for our own good, that it was part of God‘s plan?

It is reassuring to know that “it is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.” That’s why we have the Good Shepherd. He needs to be part of our lives.

I realize that all of us have had to shepherd someone in our lives. As a teacher of primary children, I took this responsibility very seriously. I had to make sure my classes knew the basics, but I also was there to guide them to be the best individuals they could.

Remember that our Heavenly Father watches over us. We should abide in Him.

God began this work in us, and He has assured us that He will complete that work. The joy in abiding is always ours.

One of my favorite hymns is “Shepherd Me, O God”. It is a reminder of where we place our trust and love.

Keep in mind that Jesus is always with us: protecting, encouraging, and continually loving us…no matter what we say or do. Alleluia!


2 thoughts on “Reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Easter – 2024

  1. Judy Allen says:

    Beautiful Cathy. Thanks for sharing. We all need that Shepherd looking over us. Sometimes that is just reflected in a good friend.
    Judy Allen

  2. Mary Joan Elias says:

    Thanks for the reflection, Cathy. Well done
    Joan Elias

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