“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – John 10:24-26

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TODAY’S WORD…

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The people surrounded Jesus and asked,

“How long are you going to keep us in suspense?

If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”

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Jesus answered,

“I have already told you, and you don’t believe me.

The proof is the work I do in my Father’s name.

But you don’t believe me because you are not my sheep.”

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– John 10:24-26 (NRSV)

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REFLECTION…

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Jesus reproaches

those who refuse to recognise the works He does in His Father’s name.

He reproaches

those who because of the hardness of their heart,

and because of their own separate self-centred agenda,

simply refuse to believe.

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Believing in Christ, who is the Truth,

can be discomforting since it often requires a complete change of direction.

It is a life-changing experience,

which includes having to admit one’s own faults, one’s selfishness and pride.

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To believe in Christ we must stop being self-centered,

because that is what makes us refuse to see the love of God Almighty;

refuse to accept and embrace the Truth.

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Those of us who do not oppose divine grace do come to believe in Jesus.

We are known to Him and loved by Him.

We enter under His protection and remain faithful with the help of His grace,

which is a pledge of the eternal life which the Good Shepherd will eventually give us.

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It is true that in this world we will have to strive,

and that in the course of striving we will sustain wounds,

but if we stay united to the Good Shepherd

nothing and no one will snatch Christ’s sheep from Him.

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Jesus, Son of the Living God, watch over me.

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