May 3, 2020

Fourth Sunday of Easter

I am the gate. Whoever enters through me, he will be saved; and will come in and go out, and will find pasture. I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.

Jesus is the gateway through which we enter in and out of living the life of Christ in the sacramental life of the church. Saint Thomas Aquinas gives us to sing the praise of God in the O Salutaris Hostia, open wide the gate of heaven to us below. Christ, present in the Eucharist, is the gateway that unites heaven and earth in solemn worship.

This is the setting for consecrating the fruit of the earth and the work of human hands. The Spirit is called down on our gifts and our life as an encounter with God. Pray Psalm 78:21-72; it may help you to understand the chastisements we experience and the Eucharist we hunger to receive. God opened the doors of heaven and rained manna upon them for food. After a period of great suffering, the question is asked, how long, Lord, will you be angry with us? We are assured, Then God led forth his people like sheep, guided them like a flock through the wilderness.

When Jesus declared, “I am the gate,” he was revealing the fullness of the Paschal Mystery. It is in the priestly prayer of Christ that we enter in and be sent out to experience life and have it in greater abundance. This Sunday is designated as Good Shepherd Sunday, asking us to pray and call forth vocations in challenging times. Feel the joy you will have knowing that you have fostered a priestly and/or religious vocation to serve the Church in these uncertain times.

Let us pray:

O saving Victim, open wide the gate of heaven to us below, our foes press on from every side, your aid supply, your strength bestow.


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