Share your “highs” and your “lows” for the past week with each other.
11“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. 14I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. 16I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. 18No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.”
What images or words or phrases speak particularly to you in this reading? What makes Jesus the “good” shepherd? It is his willingness to protect us, even with his life. As you consider this, think of the people, things for which you would be willing to protect with your life?
Special prayer requests: Pray for our nation and our world during this unprecedented time of Covid-19, especially those who have been affected and who are ill.
Bless each other by making the sign of the cross on each one’s forehead.