Daily Gospel Reflection for May 7, 2017 - Fourth Sunday of Easter


Today’s Gospel: John 10:1-10 – Fourth Sunday of Easter

I want a more abundant life. Most of the time, abundance is equivalent to more stuff – more food, a bigger house, a better paycheck, nicer vacations. But Jesus reminds me that an abundant life is not about possessing or acquiring more; it’s about being more – becoming the person I was meant to become.

This becoming requires following my Shepherd’s voice. It’s not a blind obedience, in which I numbly and reluctantly submit to my leader. It’s a chosen obedience, one made freely and daily, one that leads to abundance in holiness. Ultimately, it leads to interior freedom. And that’s the type of abundance I really want.

If I stray from my Shepherd, even for a moment, I fall prey to the enemy, who waits to devour me. He steals my abundance through the lies of the world and my own sin. But Jesus restores me. He follows me and abandons the faithful sheep momentarily so that He can find me when I am lost. That is what abundance means – a heart so full of love that it cannot contain itself. I must become like my shepherd. I must become love.

First, love involves sacrifice. Then, I must remain rooted in the One who leads me to the full life for which I long.


What does an abundant life look like for me? Has it changed since I have grown spiritually? Do I want it to change? If so, how can life be more abundant today?


Jesus, Good and gentle Shepherd, please keep me in Your fold. I know You will never lead me astray, though sometimes I wander and become lost. Teach me to love. Help me embrace the abundance You have in store for me.


Copyright 2017 Jeannie Ewing

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About Author

Jeannie Ewing is a writer, speaker, and grief recovery coach. She is the co-author of From Grief to Grace: The Journey from Tragedy to Triumph and Navigating Deep Waters: Meditations for Caregivers. Jeannie was featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition and a dozen other podcasts and radio shows. She offers her insight from a counselor’s perspective into a variety of topics, including grief and parenting children with special needs. For more information on her professional services, visit her websites lovealonecreates.com or fromgrief2grace.com.


  1. I love your phrase, “becoming the person I was meant to become.” I think that’s what our Good Shepherd wants for us all. Thank you for the reminder, Jeannie, that I need to be led by Him in order to become her.

    • Thank you, Claire. I have to take my own advice! Right now relearning how to surrender to Him. I pray for every blessing upon you and yours!

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