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4th Sunday of Easter – April 26, 2015

good shepherd


 This is absolutely, hands down one of my most favourite pictures of Jesus.  In my life I have often seen myself as this helpless lamb, afraid, lost and at times misunderstood; but Jesus has always been there wrapping his loving arms around me, gently leading me back.  Oh how deep is his love and compassion for us. 

 Because of Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead we are able to know him personally to discover His deep and profound love.  He loves us and forgives us.  All of us, to a certain degree are like the woman, who was caught in the act of adultery.  There the Pharisees, the so-called righteous stood in judgement and wanted her stoned.  We also, when we sin, are afraid of judgement.  What did Jesus say to her after the Pharisees left, “Woman where are your accusers:  Has no one condemned you…neither do I condemn you.  Go your way, and sin no more.”  John 8:10,11

 So, what do we do with this wonderful gift of God’s love?  Pope Francis has written “…God has first loved us (Jn.4:19), and therefore we can move forward, boldly take the initiative, go out to others, seek those who have fallen away…community gets involved in word and deed in peoples’ lives….thus take on the ’smell of the sheep’…” ( The Joy of the Gospel)

 Practically, for me this may mean not standing in judgement of my adult children because they are not attending Mass regularly, or living up to my standards.  Seeing and rejoicing in the traces of the divine that are in their life.  My son is an excellent father, who is not afraid to change a diaper, or be up most of the night because of a teething baby and then go to work tired the next day.  Or my youngest son who attends an evangelical church.  He loves God, worships different than I do but loves God and shows it to everyone that he meets.  To my co-workers I can put a smile on my face, laugh and maybe even cry with them.  To the who is handicapped, instead of looking at them because they’re different, ask them what their name is.  To those who come from foreign countries, reach out to them with open arms.  Engage them in conversation; make them feel that they are welcomed.

 Together this week lets pray daily the prayer of St. Francis:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is doubt, faith;

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light;

Where there is sadness, joy

I Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;

To be understood as to understand;

To be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


– Margaret McCarthy

04 – APR 26, 2015 – 4th Sunday of Easter



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