Jesus said: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber. But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens it for him, and 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. But they will not follow a stranger; they will run away from him, because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.” Although Jesus used this figure of speech, the Pharisees did not realize what he was trying to tell them.
So Jesus said again, “Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly."
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St. Bernadette of Lourdes (Feast Day April 16)
JANUARY 7, 1844 - APRIL 16, 1879
St. Bernadette Soubirous was the first child of an extremely poor miller in the town of Lourdes in southern France. On February 11, 1858, the Blessed Virgin Mary began appearing to Bernadette in a cave above the banks of the Gave River near Lourdes. She appeared to Bernadette 18 times in all. Although Bernadette’s initial reports provoked skepticism, her daily visions of “the Lady”brought great crowds of curious people. The Lady, Bernadette explained, had instructed her to have a chapel built on the spot of the visions. There, the people were to come to wash in and drink of the water of the spring that had welled up from the very spot where Bernadette had been instructed to dig. Lourdes has become one of the most popular Marian shrines in the world, attracting millions of visitors. Miracles have been reported at the shrine and in the waters of the spring. Archbishop Vigneron turns to St. Bernadette of Lourdes as an intercessor (meaning he asks her to pray to Jesus on his behalf), which he points out in the conclusion of Unleash the Gospel: “You might also have your own personal companion; mine for the new evangelization is St. Bernadette of Lourdes, who courageously and humbly carried out God’s mission for her even in the face of formidable opposition.”
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- In today's Gospel, we hear that sheep recognize the voice of their shepherd. How do you know when God is speaking to you?
- What is it like to be one of Jesus' sheep?
- St. Bernadette was only 14 years old when the Blessed Mother appeared to her. What would it be like to see the Blessed Mother?