THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON SERVANT LEADERSHIP
THE GOOD SHEPHERD - 2
Today’s gospel: John 10:1-10
Now Jesus gives another description of the Good Shepherd.
“Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep.”
(v.7). Again, as Jesus our Master is, so should we his servants
strive to be.
sheepfold is where the sheep are gathered for the night and
where they are protected. “I am the gate. Whoever enters
through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and
find pasture.” (v.9). Sheep are very vulnerable. People
are too, for there are threats from the world, the flesh and
the devil. All humankind belong to God, who created them and
who has saved them through Jesus. But there are those who
seek to take them from God and from the sheepfold. These “are
thieves and robbers” (v.8a). “A thief comes only
to steal and slaughter and destroy” (v.10a).
are these thieves?
Christian denominations who take Catholics out of the Church,
such as born again groups and evangelicals. Their way of
convincing Catholics include trying to picture the Church
as idolatrous because we supposedly worship Mary and have
idols (statues). These of course are totally untrue.
who take Catholics out of the Church, including New Age
cults. These might bear Christian names but are not Christian
at all. They do not accept that Jesus is God. They might
have Christian trappings, but these are just to deceive.
Catholics who no longer actually practice the authentic
faith, and who accept such things as contraception, divorce,
abortion, same-sex marriage and euthanasia. Though those
they influence, and they themselves, are still in the Church
and even serving in the Church, they have actually already
rejected the authentic faith and are no longer really part
of God’s flock.
health, gender ideology, homosexualist forces that are assaulting
faith, family and life.
and his demonic forces, who seek to destroy the Church and
all the good that God designed for the life of the world.
leaders who do not care for those entrusted to them, in
the way that Jesus would.
Jesus the Good Shepherd came to save and to care for his sheep.
“I came so that they might have life and have it more
abundantly.” (v.10b). The Church is the sheepfold and
Jesus is the gate. Servant leaders are those who help bring
in the flock and care for them as Jesus would. They are like
“the gatekeeper (who) opens (the gate) for him”
who help bring in the flock, especially looking for the lost
sheep, are the evangelizers and missionaries. Those who care
for them when brought back to God and back to the Church are
the servant leaders. They must be aware of all the thieves
and robbers around, and by their pastoral care and teaching,
help assure that “the sheep did not listen to them.”
leaders of course must strive to ensure that they themselves
know the authentic Shepherd and not all the pseudo-shepherds
who are thieves and robbers and destroyers. Servant leaders,
as themselves part of God’s flock, must know Jesus,
hear his voice and follow him. “When he has driven out
all his own, he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow
him, because they recognize his voice.” (v.4).