Fourth Sunday of Easter

May 11, 2014


According to church tradition, today is known as Good Shepherd Sunday because of the Gospel reading that we hear today: the sheep that will hear his voice as he calls them by name.

It is for priestly ordinations, here and around the world. Quite often, homilies are focused on vocations – the call to priesthood – about encouraging the sheep to hear the voice of the shepherd and follow him.

And while this is tempting and certainly needed, I have been pondering a different question this week in light of Mother’s Day.

What do we say to the SHEPHERDS whose sheep won’t follow them no matter how well they use their voice? I have heard more than one mother or father talk to me about their children who no longer go to church; or grandparents who fear that their grandchildren are in danger of damnation because they have yet to be baptized.

This Sunday, we speak to them . . . with compassion rather than judgment.

CLICK HERE for the readings for Fourth Sunday of Easter (Acts 2:14, 36-41; Psalm 23; 1 Peter 2:20-25; John 10-1-10).



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  2. Thank you.

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