The Fourth Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday)

Today’s readings Jesus uses an image in today’s Gospel that would have been very familiar to his hearers, and with it, he illustrates the significance of following one’s vocation in life. In a basically suburban place in the modern world, this image loses some of its clarity, since we don’t regularly have contact with people… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday)

The Fourth Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday)

Today’s readings What would you do for just five minutes of peace and quiet? If you’re a parent, maybe you’d be happy for just five seconds of peace and quiet!  In these days when many of us are sheltered in place together, it can be easy to get on each other’s nerves.  For those of you sheltered… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday)

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Today’s readings Today’s brief Gospel reading begins with the wonderful line, “My sheep hear my voice.” But, I wonder: how are the sheep to hear the shepherd in this day and age? There are so many things that vie for our attention, that it would be easy to miss the call of the shepherd altogether.… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Today’s readings I think most of the time, we really need to be reassured that we are in the hands of God.  Things here on earth can be pretty uncertain on a daily basis.  The state of the economy, wars being fought all over the globe, terrorism and natural disasters, the disrespect for human life,… Continue reading Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Today’s readings Some days, I think there isn’t much I would do for just five minutes of peace and quiet. If you’re a parent, maybe you’d amend that to longing for just five seconds of peace and quiet!  We are all probably sadly familiar with the many loud distractions our world puts before us.  And… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Easter

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Jesus uses a very familiar image today to illustrate the significance of following one’s vocation in life.  He talks about a shepherd, which in an agrarian culture like his own, would have immediately made sense to his hearers.  In a suburban place in the modern world, it loses some of its immediacy, but I still… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Easter

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Today’s readings Some days, I think there isn’t much I would do for just five minutes of peace and quiet. If you’re a parent, maybe you’d amend that to longing for just five seconds of peace and quiet!  We are all probably sadly familiar with the many loud distractions our world puts before us.  And… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Today’s readings When God made the human person, he put into him and her a hunger and a thirst that could only be filled up with God.  God made us for himself, because he is Love itself and Love must always have an object of that love.  As Saint Augustine said well, “You have made… Continue reading Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter

The Fourth Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday)

Today’s readings Today’s Gospel reading speaks of Jesus, the Good Shepherd who knows his sheep, and whose sheep know him.  However, I have two problems with that.  First, who wants to be compared to sheep?  Sheep are not the brightest of animals, and they must remain in their flock to defend themselves against even the… Continue reading The Fourth Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday)

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Today’s readings Today’s brief Gospel reading begins with the wonderful line, “My sheep hear my voice.” However, I have two problems with that. First, who wants to be compared to sheep? Sheep are not the brightest of animals, and they must remain in their flock to defend themselves against even the most innocuous of predators.… Continue reading Fourth Sunday of Easter