July 23 2021

Are you a shepherd or are you a sheep?  We have seen, heard, and perhaps we have learned that Jesus is the Good Shepherd.  “I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. A hired man, who is not a shepherd and whose sheep are not his own, sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away, and the wolf catches and scatters them. This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep.” (Jn 10:11-15)  Those who have been saved by Jesus realize what a great gift it is.  Nothing in the world compares to it.  “…the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls.  When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.” (Mt 13:45-46)  The kingdom of heaven is like that but human words will fall short of saying what it is.  “Be still and know that I am God!” (Ps 46:11a)  “God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ (by grace you have been saved), raised us up with him, and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so no one may boast. For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.” (Eph 2: 4-10)  We are all called as prophets through our baptism.  We are created for good works, to proclaim the Good News.  Salvation cannot be earned.  It is the greatest gift and it is given though Christ Jesus.  Nothing is this world should keep us from answering His call.

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