'I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd is one who lays down his life for his sheep.The hired man, since he is not the shepherd and the sheep do not belong to him, abandons the sheep and runs away as soon as he sees a wolf coming. I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me.' ~John 10:11-14
The following reflection has been written by Fr.Tom Clancy
To watch a young child take its first faltering steps across a room towards a mother's outstretched arms is a moment of intense joy and hope. The joy springs from the child's willingness to risk exploring a new way of living. The hope is that the child's potential will develop to the full, making its unique contribution to the world of the future.
Risk taking is essential for life. As the child must risk falling, one must risk sacrifice and pain if one is to experience the joy of love and service. In life one cannot have security and growth.
Our gospel today of the good shepherd laying down his life for his flock is an opportunity to reflect on how urgently the world needs Spirit filled volunteers to make God's presence tangible in every sphere of living. The hope is that this generation will realise its potential to build God's kingdom on earth in its own unique way.