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4th Easter Sunday – C   

4th Easter Sunday – C                                                                                                                                   

Dear friends in Christ,

The Responsorial Psalm of Fourth Sunday of Easter, “we are his people, the sheep of his flock,” can very well be a good introduction to today’s liturgy of Good Shepherd Sunday. Shepherd is a well-known image used in the Bible to describe God’s loving care for his people.  Jesus was often drawn to use the imagery of shepherd and sheep to describe the relationship between himself and those who follow him. The imagery is old but the message is up-to-date.

In John’s gospel, the whole story of salvation is perfectly summarized in one verse: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” In today’s gospel, Jesus the Good Shepherd invites people to listen to his voice and follow him to eternal life.

As sheep in Jesus’ flock we are in good hands, for he once promised, “No one can take them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand.” Thus, to remain in the Father’s hands, that is, to have eternal life, we need to remain in Jesus.

On Good Shepherd Sunday, also a Day to Pray for Vocations, we wonder how priestly ministry of the Church continues into the future. We are constantly called to pray and work for more vocations to the Priesthood and the Consecrated Life, since vocations play an important part in handing on the faith. Let’s ask God’s blessings, that more people will feel drawn to continue Jesus’ work.

It’s important for us to know that most vocations are first nurtured within the family. Teilhard de Chardin, the French Jesuit, once said, “It was in my family that I became who I am. Most of my opinions, of my likes and dislikes, of my values and judgments, my behavior, my tastes, were molded by the family I came from.” Christian family is where vocation starts.

Jesus said, “Pray to the Lord of the harvest, to send laborers to his harvest.” Let’s remember that praying for vocations also means praying for Christian families.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

 

Fr. Joe