We begin our prayer:
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the
Holy Spirit. Amen.
Almighty ever-living God,
lead us to a share in the joys of heaven,
so that the humble flock may reach
where the brave Shepherd has gone before.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of
the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Read the following Scripture two or three times.
Jesus said: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever
does not enter a sheepfold through the gate but
climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber. But
whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of
the sheep. The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the
sheep hear his voice, as the shepherd calls his own
sheep by name and leads them out. When he has
driven out all his own, he walks ahead of them, and
the sheep follow him, because they recognize his
voice. But they will not follow a stranger; they will
run away from him, because they do not recognize
the voice of strangers.” Although Jesus used this
figure of speech, the Pharisees did not realize what
he was trying to tell them.
So Jesus said again, “Amen, amen, I say to you, I
am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me
are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen
to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters through me
will be saved, and will come in and go out and find
pasture. A thief comes only to steal and slaughter
and destroy; I came so that they might have life and
have it more abundantly.”
After the reading, take some time to reflect in
silence on one or more of the following questions:
• What word or words in this passage caught
• What in this passage comforted you?
• What in this passage challenged you?
If practicing lectio divina as a family or in a group,
after the reflection time, invite the participants to
share their responses.
Read the Scripture passage one more time. Bring to
the Lord the praise, petition, or thanksgiving that
the Word inspires in you.
Read the Scripture again, followed by this
What conversion of mind, heart, and life is the Lord
asking of me?
The shepherd calls his own sheep by name and
leads them out. How can I discern God’s call for
me? What is God leading me to do?
But they will not follow a stranger; they will run
away from him, because they do not recognize the
voice of strangers. What voices call me away from
Christ? What temptations do I need to run away
I came so that they might have life and have it more
abundantly. When do I feel most alive? What can
draw me closer to God in those moments?
After a period of silent reflection and/or discussion,
all recite the Lord’s Prayer and the following:
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.
He guides me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side.
With your rod and your staff
that give me courage.
You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come.
(From Psalm 23)
Living the Word This Week
How can I make my life a gift for others in charity?
Pray for those discerning a vocation to the
priesthood, the consecrated life, or the permanent
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