May 12, 2019

Good Shepherd Sunday

Jesus encountered opposition and acceptance, jealousy and admiration during his public career. Acts 13 reveals a similar story. Paul is on his first journey to win traditional Jews to Christ. When their entrenched adherence to their patriarchal faith poses a block to accepting Jesus as the son of God and Savior of the world, Paul turns to the Gentiles who accept this new religion wholeheartedly.

Thus, the spread of Christianity was begun to the four corners of the world, and today embraces, in the words of John’s vision in the second reading, a great multitude which no one can count from every nation, race, people and tongue. The plan of Jesus for the salvation of the world is hereafter operational and active today in all the baptized.

On this Good Shepherd Sunday, let us personalize the gospel and hear Jesus speaking to each of us…you are my sheep, you hear my voice and you follow me. I give you eternal life and you shall never perish. No one can snatch you out of my hand, or the Father’s hand. What a boost of confidence these words give us, even as the church Jesus founded on the rock of Peter is currently under attack from within and outside its walls.

While criticism and controversy surround Pope Francis and the church’s ordained leadership, the sacramental real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, which the church celebrates daily throughout the world, always brings us rock-like assurance that even the powers of hell will never prevail.

We believe that the church Jesus founded is more than its official leaders, and that by our baptism, each of us is called to be a Good Shepherd to one another. Today is also Mothers’ Day, so we gratefully honor them and everyone who has touched our lives with love, caring and helpfulness.

To whom will I be a Good Shepherd to this week?

Let us Pray:

Almighty ever-living God,
lead us to a share in the joys of heaven,
so that the humble flock may reach
where the brave Shepherd has gone before.


Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)


About Roger Bourgeois, SSS