Fourth Sunday of Easter – Sister Godlieve Ziunga, SNDdeN

Apr 17, 2024 | Gospel Reflections

April 21, 2024

John 10: 11-18

On this fourth Sunday in the Easter season, the Church, our mother, speaks to us about Jesus, the Good Shepherd.  By means of this section of the Gospel, Jesus represents himself as the Good Shepherd.  He says, “I know my sheep and my sheep know me.”

Jesus’ task is that of a watchman, a supervisor, a protector, a guide.  He has the concern, the duty to bring all the sheep into the sheepfold, even those who have wandered away.  Indeed, Christ is the only one who can save us from the wolf.

He does not save us in the manner of a mercenary.  In our life we need Christ because we are finite beings, diminished by sin, evil and the destruction which threatens us.  Jesus describes how the wolf takes hold of the sheep and scatters them.  Jesus calls himself the Good Shepherd, and in fact, that is who he is.  He gives his life for his sheep, that is to say, for each one of us.  He does this freely, motivated by love.

In representing himself as the Good Shepherd, he has the task of gathering all the sheep. Jesus wishes to emphasize two important realities in his relationship with us.  The first: Jesus affirms his status of Son of God, come to save all humankind.  In the second, he accentuates the manifestation of the immense love and goodness of God toward all.

In this way Christ offers us his protection.  He has given his life for us, knows us by name and is attentive to our needs because he knows each of us.  His voice instructs us and leads us on the right way.

Are we capable of looking for the goodness of others in our daily life without seeking return?

Let us ask the Lord for the grace to be good shepherds toward one another and others, to look for the good in everyone so that all might lead lives worthy of the children of God in this world, torn by so many evils.  Amen !

 

John 10: 11-18

Jesus said: “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. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there will be one flock, one shepherd. This is why the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own. I have power to lay it down, and power to take it up again. This command I have received from my Father.”

The Gospel of the Lord

 

Meet Sister Godlieve Ziunga, SNDdeN

Godelieve Ziunga-Luyeye, SNDdeN vient de la province du CONGO-KINSHASA. Elle est dans la congrégation depuis le 8 septembre 1990. Elle a fait les premiers voeux le 8 septembre 1993 et les voeux perpetuels le 12 juillet 2001. Elle a célébré 25 ans de vie religieuse en 2015. Elle a rendu service comme directrice des novices dans sa province de 2009 a 2016. Actuellement , elle est moderatrice locale et professeur au Lycée Julie Billiart.