Christ Knows and Loves His Sheep

John 10:27-30. Fourth Sunday of Easter. I will make some concrete commitment to increase both the quality and quantity of my Eucharistic life
by Fr Steven Reilly, LC | Source: Catholic.net
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Introductory Prayer:
Lord Jesus, thank you so much for your generosity and patience in being with me today. Please accompany me during this time of prayer and help me to be a more effective instrument in your hands.My only desire is to please you. Lord, please flood my heart withMy heart longs to be flooded with  your grace so that I may fully accomplish your will in my life.

Petition:
Lord Jesus, help me to fully understand what it means to be known and loved by you.  Never allow me to forget that you are always watching over me and looking after my greater interests. Please help me to know and love you more so that I can put this love into practice in my daily life.

1. Christ Knows Me:  "He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out" (John 10:3). For the Jewish people, to call someone by their his name was to touch their his deepest identity, their his inner core. For them, a name reflected who you were;, your meaning as a person. Although, as human beings, we are the fruit of our parent’s love, our soul was made and shaped directly by God. Christ made our souls! Christ knows our innermost selves. He knows not only our names, but he knows our thoughts, feelings, dreams and fears, and even our deepest desires. This fact should be a source of great peace and confidence in our my prayer -- Christ does truly know what is going on in my my heart. But this knowledge is not all. Christ also loves meme. 
  

2. Christ Loves Me: Through his Incarnation, Christ temporarily emptied himself of his heavenly glorygave up his heaven for me! Christ temporarily gave up his consolation, peace and heavenly glory for me! Think Wwhat your life would life be like without the Mass, without the Eucharist, without confession, without the Gospel (where we discover the path to follow), without the Church and the teachings of the Magisterium.? But there was a price, a terrible and costly price for all of these benefits. Christ was asked to pour spill out his blood on the cross for out of love of for usme. And now, Christ turns to each one of us without exception and asks us to do the same. He asks us to be witnesses of his love in a world of darkness and despair.  
 
3. Christ Offers Me Life in Abundance: The Battle of Love. By accepting Christ as my Good Shepherd I´m guaranteed to ´find pasture.´. For a sheep this means sufficient food, safety from predators, and peaceful relationships with other ´sheep´. Jesus promises life in abundance for those who accept him. Obviously this ´life in abundance´ doesn´t mean material wealth and success. The ´food´, safety and peace that he promises isare spiritual but no less real. Do I value what he values? Do I truly hunger for spiritual food? Or do I hanker after superficial and vain matters that could never satisfy my soul? The joy Our Lord wishes to pour into my heart can only be received only if I permit my heart to be detached and emptied of whatever keeps me from him. Jesus warns us that we cannot serve two masters.

"No man or woman of good will can renounce the struggle to overcome evil with good. This fight can be fought effectively only with the weapons of love. When good overcomes evil, love prevails and where love prevails, there peace prevails. This is the teaching of the Gospel, restated by the second Vatican Council: ´The fundamental law of human perfection, and consequently of the transformation of the world is the new commandment of love" (Pope John Paul II, World Peace Day Message, January 1, 2005, no.12). Looking around at our world today, at times it appears that evil is overcoming good. The Pope, the Vicar of Christ on earth, is asking us for a greater love, a love that overcomes and overpowers evil. The "weapons of love" are forgiveness, compassion, kindness, generosity, human service, etc., and the ammunition is God´s grace communicated principally through the sacraments - in a special way through the Eucharist.

Conversation with Christ: Thank you Christ for reminding me of your great love and my vocation to imitate your love. Help me not to get in your way. Help me not to be afraid of lowering myself through a life of generous service and self-giving to all the souls that you have entrusted to me. Help me as well to take advantage of the abundant graces that you are offering me.

Resolution: I will make some concrete commitment to increase both the quality and quantity of my Eucharistic life.




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