Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Lectio Divina Meditation for Fourth Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday)

Fourth Sunday of Easter Year C
April 25
“The Good Shepherd”

1. Lectio
John 10:27-30
27 The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me.
28 I give them eternal life; they will never be lost and no one will ever steal them from my hand.
29 The Father, for what he has given me, is greater than anyone, and no one can steal anything from the Father's hand.
30 The Father and I are one.

Jesus, the Good Shepherd, shows two important characteristics of leadership – “knowing” and “caring.” “Knowing” in the biblical sense goes beyond recognizing someone by name or characteristics. In the bible, “knowing” refers to the intimate loving relationship between a husband and a wife. And so Jesus wants to draw all us into the intimate loving relationship he has with the Father. Jesus also shows that he cares for his flock by feeding them and protecting them. He is prepared to lay down his own life to protect his sheep. We too are called to be shepherds like Jesus. We are called to be shepherds in our families, our BECs, our schools, our workplace and in society.

2. Meditatio
1. Choose a word or a phrase that touches you. Speak it out aloud three times in a prayerful manner.
2. Spend a moment of silence, remembering the word or phrase you have chosen or you have heard from others in the group.
3. Share the reason why you have chosen this word or this phrase with the other members of the group.

3. Oratio
Jesus Good Shepherd,
give us your heart.
Inflame us with the desire for the glory of God
and with a great love for our brothers and sisters.
Make us sharers in your work.
Help us to listen to your voice,
To know you as you know us
And be with in communion with you and the Father
Through the power of the Holy Spirit,
For ever and ever.

4. Contemplatio
“The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me.” Picture the face of Jesus. Do we hear his voice?

5. Actio
1. Personal Life – Spend time during your personal prayer time to pray for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Join our Vocation Prayer Vigil this Friday, April 23 at 7.00 pm (Church of Visitation)
2. Communal Life – Make a list of priests that you know. Assign each person of your group with the task of praying for at least one of these priests.

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