12 May Run Toward Your Savior (Jn 10:11) by Dr. John Sturm
“I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” ~ Jn 10:11 (full readings)
John’s Reflections: The Parable of the Good Shepherd poses a dilemma for us the Laity who are serving as the hired-hand and shepherd. When the wolves are approaching the flock, the hired-hand’s instinct is to Fear and Flee, or to Love the Sheep and Trust in God that His Power will help us scatter the wolves instead. In confronting the lies of abortion, we know that Truth will overcome all attacks, so RUN without fear as you RUN toward your Savior and scatter the wolves. As St. Frances de Sales told his flock, “As long as life lasts, RUN after your Savior. But RUN ardently and swiftly, for what will it avail you to follow Him if you are not so happy as to reach Him? Let us RUN then so as to WIN! May we strive to remain in union with God in all ways and always.”
* Dr. John Sturm is a LIFE Runner, devotion author and Lay Member of the Visitation Monastery. He and his wife Judy have three daughters, three grandchildren and live in St. Louis, MO.
Faith Challenge: Imagine yourself facing the wolves beside your flock…the sheep will follow you anywhere. In who will you place your faith and trust?
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Faith Quote: “We are going to commemorate the Passion of our Savior. Let us strive to prepare ourselves for it is with great purity of heart (that we RUN after our Savior). We shall see Him, during Holy Week, on the tree of the cross, consumed by love for us, opening His heart to place us therein.” ~ St. Jane de Chantal (Founder of the Visitation Order with St. Francis de Sales)
Through Christ our Lord,