OPENING PRAYER: Loving God, we trust in your peace when bad things happen. May we be filled with the joy of your Holy Spirit as we follow your son Jesus, our Good Shepherd. Amen
When you were a few years younger and were in an unfamiliar place, a big place, like a shopping mall or a county fair, what would make you feel safe and protected?
Hearing the voice of one of your parents or holding the hand of one of your parents.
In the very short Gospel reading today, Jesus talks about his followers as sheep. They did not feel safe; they were afraid. What did you hear Jesus say to them? “My sheep know my voice. They follow me. No one can snatch them out of my hand.” That sounds like what your parents might say to you. “My children know my voice. They follow me. No once can snatch them out of my hand.” Jesus called himself the “Good Shepherd.” The Good Shepherd is like good parents. Jesus is like your parents. That’s how much He cares for you. Imagine Jesus holding your hand so that you don’t get lost. Listen to Jesus’ voice speaking to you. What is Jesus saying to you?