Fourth Sunday of Easter

The True Shepherd
The risen Jesus is the true shepherd, the one who enters through the gate, who walks in front of them, and the sheep follow him because they recognize his voice. True Christians follow the true shepherd: they recognize his voice and they obey his commands. They hear his message about loving enemies, about seeking first the kingdom of God, about forgiving seventy times a day. They hear him talk of concern for the poor, of selling all that one has, of being perfect as their heavenly Father is perfect. They listen to him say that they should not worry about tomorrow, that they should turn the other cheek, that they should lose their lives. They hear and obey, following their shepherd through the gate. There are false shepherds who speak other words, who talk of defending one’s rights, of accumulating wealth, of achieving social prominence. Some Christians listen to them rather than to the true shepherd. Both the true and the false shepherds lead one to death. The difference is that the true shepherd leads beyond death to resurrection.
Gerald Darring

“In Christ and through Christ God has revealed himself fully to mankind and has definitively drawn close to it; at the same time, in Christ and through Christ man has acquired full awareness of his dignity, of the heights to which he is raised, of the surpassing worth of his own humanity, and of the meaning of his existence.” Pope John Paul II, Redemptor Hominis (1979) 11
April 13, 2008

Some καιρός / kairos thoughts…
καιρός / kairos—Greek—time—viewed as an occasion rather than an extent

What God has done and what God will do and what God can do in the name of Love in the name of forgiveness in the name of surprise and delight that is truly amazing consider one calla lily— the fifteen billion years our universe was in the making a garden for us as guests on planet earth what God has done and what God will do that is truly amazing

Prayer List
Pray the rosary for world peace, Avis Cox, Fr. Clarence Biggers, Gladys and Ben Kramkowski, Rita Moenk, Doug Bearden, Sarah Snider, Thornton/Lynch family, Ryan Amsberry, Annie & family, Connie, her mother & family, Blake, Erik, Campbell family, Jonathan & family, Sharon & family, Will, FMS, Cap. Corp., Patrick & Brittany, Broughman family, Fannie Crowder & family, VAL, Father Ingram’s father & family, Karen’s mother & friend, Cheryl Mobley & family, William Hudson, Robert, Walter, Danielle, Christopher, Barbara, Katherine, Nicholas, Kaylin, Kasie, Mary Beth & family, Mary Ann Mahoney & family, Donna & family, Ann Chancellor & family, Duffie, Sheila & family, cancer patients & families, military & families, Brandon, Plantation Villa residents, Don, Mrs. Carpenter, Mr. & Mrs. Rooks, Katherine & family, Mr. Dunn, Mr. & Mrs. Barlow, Jane & family, Scott & family, Diane & Peter, Michele & Gary, Lucy’s father & family, Bobbie, Joan & family, Karl’s mother & family, Bernard & Anna, June & family, Tina & family, Belinda & family, OLM family, Kat, Delgratia & family, Mr. Gomez & family, Sara & family, Dr. Lynch & family, Rob/Allie & family, Chuck & family, Frank & family, Liesa & family, mother of Dr. Petros, Dr. Issa & family, Odessa, Anita’s mother & family, Ruby, Ruby’s mother & family, Davies family, Katie & family, family of Angie, Ann & family, Gretchen & family, Eileen, Scott & family, Robert, Flavia & family, Tony’s family, Roy & Martha Wright, Roy, Alice Swygert, Alan, Nard, Tony, Glenda, Nelson, J. Bob, Munn, Vogt, Wolfe families, Russell & family, Ola, Gene Wilson & family, Jane Brock & family, Janet Kramer & family, Elayne & family, Winnie, Phil & family, Tony, Stan, Emily & family, Ruthie & Ed, Mr. Bergin & family, Karen, Bernard’s father, Angie’s brother, Russell & family, Mrs. Sanseverino & family, CC Center, veterans & families Jessie Emmett, Mark, Michael’s mother, Carrie, VAMC, Rambo’s mother & family, Josephine Mary, Mary Anna, S. Paul, Tony, J. W. Wilson & family, Jason & Kim, Josie, Kelly, Gail, Mickey’s family, Jon & Janet Cook & family, Karen’s cousin, Mike Aguado & family, Carl & family, Dr. Lopez & family, Dr. Vanapalli & family, Dr. Yu, Christian, Aaron, Marina & family, Mary, Susan & family, Michael’s grandfather & family, family of Zach, Duffie Mitchell’s father & family, Gail, Michael & family, Berger family, Mendez family, Ikai family, Joshua Moser, Stephanie Christian, Carolyn Williamson, Chris B., Joey Milani, King Cooper Jr. & family, Mary Ondovchik, Ann Rudy, Edna & Joe ,Henry & Anna, Peggy Cable, Claude Rickman, Leonard & Mary, Patricia, Kathy, Tom Sullivan, Connie Graham, Anderson family, Chris Stahler family, Frances Homsey, Gus Kneidinger, Steven, Barbara, Mary Jo Shamas, Frank, Shanna, Elaine Cole, Elysa Cole-Ali, Shirley Walton, Leroy & Lynn Burrows, Marie McDemmond, The Hartmans, Sr. Mary Bonaventure, Chad Nostrant, Heidi FitzGerald, Jim Powers, Ana Maria & Erwin Molano, Juan Carlos Restrepo, Alvaro Penagas, Harld & Amparo Villegas, Ed Schaffer, Sean McHugh, Lynn Smith, Hattie Jackson, Fred Wideman, The Dames family, Randy Taylor, Brian Strickland, Dan McCormick, Amy & family, Lil Jones, Julian Campbell, Carl Dellaquila, Lily Bosco, Katherine Catti, Joanna & Michael Spataro, Stephanie & Mark Fletcher, Anna, Ambreen, Molly, Justino Prado, Louis Talbot, Fabe Rachon, Wright family, Ellie Doane & family, Jackie Eubanks, Mrs. Bass, Robert & Virginia Jones, Mr. & Mrs. Kirk, Michael Coates, Jeremy & Erica Granier, John Crowe, Marianne Bolton, Anthony Morgan, Bonnie Dobmeier, Mary Scarnati, Katie Whatley, Carla Smith, Olivia, Fr. Moore, Steve Sutton, Helen Anderson, Ferrante Family, Dorene Trumble, Danielle Vincent, Nellie Smith, Michael Caldwell, Michelle Carroll, Yvonne Olson, Jerry Quinn, Micheal Herrin, Carly Hall & family, Justine McGuire, Brett

J. Janda Poem from liturgy.slu.edu

Peter preaches and the crowd asks, “What must we do?” The answer is direct: “Repent, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sins and you will receive the Holy Spirit.” Jesus tells us he is our Good Shepherd, the gate to paradise. He calls each of us to help him continue his work in the church. What will you do?
Philip J. Sandstrom, S.T.D. © 2001 Oregon Catholic Press. All rights reserved.