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How You Serve Others, Shapes Our Community

Posted on: April 22nd, 2024 by St. Stephens Downsview

4th Sunday of EasterAs I reflect on the powerful words from the Gospel of John, specifically focusing on the message of the Good Shepherd, I am reminded of the profound impact selfless service can have on shaping our community.

The Example of the Good Shepherd

In John chapter 10, Jesus proclaims, “I am the Good Shepherd. I know my own, and my own know me.” These words resonate deeply as they highlight the intimate relationship between the shepherd and his sheep. Just as the Father knows Jesus and vice versa, we too are called to know and be known by our Good Shepherd.

Selfless Acts of Love and Care

I was struck by the examples of three Christian sisters who embodied the essence of selfless and self-giving care. They devoted years of their lives to caring for others, setting aside their own needs to prioritize the well-being of those they were serving. Their unwavering commitment and endurance in love truly make them leaders among us.

Following the Footsteps of the Servant King

In ancient Israel, the ideal vision of kingly leadership was that of a servant king, much like King David. A leader who prioritized the welfare of the people over personal gain. Jesus exemplified this servant leadership, laying down his life for the sheep. In him, we see the perfect blend of God and Messiah, the true shepherd who guides and protects his flock.

Transformative Love in Action

The love and care demonstrated by our Good Shepherd invite us to imitate his example of self-giving and self-sacrifice. As members of the body of Christ, we are called to be transformed by this love and to extend it to others around us. Our response to Jesus’ love should be one of sincere care and service for our brothers and sisters, mirroring the love of our Good Shepherd.

Closing Thoughts

As we journey through life, let us remember that we have the power to shape our community through how we serve others. By following the example of our Good Shepherd and King, we can create a ripple effect of love, care, and transformation that touches the lives of those around us. Let us embrace the call to serve wholeheartedly and self-sacrificially, knowing that in caring for others, we reflect the love of the one who laid down his life for us.