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20180422 - Forth Sunday of Easter

posted Apr 18, 2018, 4:54 PM by Domain Admin

Gospel of John 10:11-18

Kathryn’s Reflection

There is something to be said about unconditional love. I believe it's the same kind of love that the Good Shepherd has for his sheep...just like that of a mother to her child. This Sunday's Gospel really made me think of myself. I'm a mom. I have some of those same instincts as the Good Shepherd. There is nothing that I wouldn't do for my kids. I would die for them if I had to. I make sure that they know that they are loved and cared for and that they feel safe. Even if my kids would do something to really upset me, I would still love them. It just doesn't stop...that kind of love. It's a kind of love that bigger that me. Sounding cliche; it's beyond measure!! I can think of a great number of disappointments I've been to my parents, yet they still love me.

I know I am LOVED!! Beyond measure, Jesus Christ loves me no matter what! I have fallen and strayed...many times and I know I can come back because HE loves me so much. There was a post that the Christian music group, TobyMac recently put up on Instagram and Facebook. It was simple yet powerful. It said, "I have given Christ countless reasons to not love me. None of them changed His mind." -Paul Washer. The quote made my cry. It touched me in a way that made me realize that His love is infinite. It's bigger than me or you and nothing can get in the way of it.

I think of the ways that my love for others wasn't so deep. I sometimes give up too easily and then it's too late. Why couldn't my love be as encompassing as Jesus'? How do I move forward and try to be more like Him? I guess these are all lessons for me to still learn. I know I'm human and I'm not God. I know to be like Jesus, I need to forgive and be understanding. We need more forgiveness in each other and even more, forgiveness in ourselves. Forgiveness in everything leads us back to Jesus.


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