Today’s readings on this fourth Sunday of Easter offer us a glimpse into the heart of our loving Savior. He is the Good Shepherd and we can confidently place our trust in Him as we live the stewardship way of life.
This endearing image of Jesus as shepherd, and His personal love for each one of us, is described in our Gospel passage from John, through the words of Jesus Himself. Here we read Jesus’ description of Himself as the “Good Shepherd.”
He says of Himself,
“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.”
How much more obvious could the Good News be?
This aspect of our Lord’s tender and personal love for each one of us is a compelling reason to embrace the stewardship way of life — in the offering of our time, talent and treasure to Him, we can express our gratitude to Him for the incomprehensible love He has for us.
Embracing this way of life certainly requires trust on our part. But Christ has proven Himself worthy of our trust.
He “bore our sins in His body.” He calls Himself our shepherd and He offers Himself as the guardian of our souls. He has withheld nothing of Himself and His goodness from us.
He would never ask anything of us that would bring us harm. He tells us
“I came so that [you] might have life and have it more abundantly.”
What will our response be?
This Easter season, let us resolve to entrust ourselves and our lives gratefully to Him.
— Stewardship Reflections by Catholic Stewardship Consultants