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Homily 92 – Monday of the 4th Week of Easter

The Humility of Being a Sheep

We tend to think of sheep as these adorable cuddly little fluff balls of cuteness. However, when you get right down to it, sheep really aren’t all that cute. They actually smell bad and are rather unruly. When Jesus refers to his followers as sheep, it’s not exactly a compliment. Yet it is the truth. He knows us. Sheep are not very bright. They have no idea how to find food for themselves. Left on their own they tend to wander off and get lost or hurt. Yes, Jesus knows us well.

It actually takes a lot of humility to admit that we are sheep. We’re admitting that we need help. Fortunately, help is not lacking. Jesus is our good shepherd and he continues to give us shepherds. All we need do is listen to his voice and follow. Unfortunately, we seem to follow the voice of strangers a lot these days. The culture tells us all these false places where we can supposedly “get fed.” Yet, we continue to find ourselves empty. Why don’t we try listening to Jesus? He tells us plainly that he came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. Let’s trust that voice and stop listening to strangers.

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