From the Desk of the Pastor

Caroline Seta

May 8, 2022

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Fourth Sunday of Easter

St. John describes Jesus as the Good Shepherd in today’s Gospel passage.  Those who have ever watched a shepherd care for his sheep know that the sheep recognize his voice, and the shepherd recognizes the weak and offers extra care to those in need.  Jesus continually calls our name even when we tend to wander away.  This short Gospel contains the doctrine of salvation.  It is through Jesus that we receive eternal life.  “I give them eternal life and they will never perish.” 

The Easter Triduum shows us how costly Jesus’ care for his sheep is.  Even though his body is ravaged in death the true Shepherd is raised in glory.  He knows his sheep by name and calls them to share in His glory.  We are reminded in the psalm that a sheep is one who is lovingly cared for by a shepherd.  Not one who blindly follows as others may imply.  Jesus says, “my sheep hear my voice, I know them, and they follow me … no one can take them out of my hand.” 

Each of us discern the direction of love throughout the moments of our lives.  As we continue to discern God’s call in our lives, listen not for specific instructions.  Instead listen to the voice of Jesus by following his command: Do this in memory of me.  You and I can love because we are loved by the Good Shepherd.

Join me in asking the Lord for a special blessing for our mothers, who we celebrate on this Mother’s Day!

Pray for peace, especially in Ukraine.  Have a blessed week!  Fr. Len

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