Today is often called “Good Shepherd Sunday”. It is a hard idea for us to wrap our minds around because we don’t usually encounter too many shepherds today. But it is also World Day of Prayer for Vocations – that we know much more about. There is this idea that our priests are our shepherds and perhaps through them we learn a bit more about Jesus.
In our first reading, Peter defends Jesus as the Good Shepherd who healed the crippled while stretching their understanding about what was acceptable. Of course, Peter reminds us that those actions were rejected by them, but not by God.
He is the stone rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.
And John tells us that as children of the cornerstone, what we shall be has not yet been revealed.
That is to say we are all called to be shepherds in our own right – a person who we hear in the Gospel will lay down their life for their sheep. A person who hears the voice of God.
CLICK HERE for the Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter: (Acts 4:8-12; Psalm 118; 1 John 3:1-2; John 10:11-18)