Happy Easter, everyone! Today, at this midpoint of the Easter Season, we observe what has been fondly called “Good Shepherd Sunday.” For all but one Sunday of this Easter Season, passages from the Gospel of Saint John have accompanied us on this journey. (The Solemnity of the Ascension proclaims the conclusion of the Gospel of Saint Luke.) Today’s passage
(Jn 10:27-30) is noticeably shorter yet powerful in its meaning. “My sheep hear my voice: I know them and they follow me” and “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish” are remarkable and comforting words for us in the midst of our daily struggles and doubts.
Equally comforting are the words taken from the Acts of the Apostles (13:43-52) where the mission to the Gentiles begins from Antioch (which is located in present day Syria) and of how the disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit. While those early experiences of the Christians in that area are not the present reality, it does cause us to pray for the children of our ancestors who are in the midst of such turmoil this day. May the guiding hand of the Good Shepherd lead us all:
Safe in your hands, O God, is the flock you shepherd through Jesus your Son. Lead us always to the living waters where you promise respite and re freshment, that we may be counted among those who know and follow you.
I am hoping that today we can bring the public phase of Our Catholic Appeal to a conclusion. I am extremely grateful to all who have thus far participated and, in advance, thank those that will continue with new and additional pledges. Thus far our totals are:
- Blessed Sacrament’s assessment is $268,241. As of last week, 847 households pledged $259,390.88. We have $8,850.12 left and 253 households to attain our goals.
- Santo Toribio’s assessment is $18,271. As of last week, 72 households pledged $11,027.50, leaving $7,243.50 left to attain the goal.
May the week ahead be filled with countless graces and blessings!