Sunday, April 21, 2013

THE 4TH SUNDAY OF EASTER - HEARING AND HEEDING THE CALL OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD.............

Having accomplished the Paschal Mystery of Passion, Death, and Resurrection for our Redemption, the Risen Christ as the Good Shepherd of Salvation, abundantly loves the sheep of His fold with compassion and completeness.  Inviting us to Faith and calling all who will believe in Him as, "The Way, the Truth, and the Life", to join in following Jesus in lives of Discipleship that serve others by bringing God's Love and Good News to them.  On this 4th Sunday of Easter as we ponder the call of the Good Shepherd in our individual lives, and within the community of believers, we must take the opportunity to discern what we can and must do in responding to that call.  We do this in order to carry out the invitation and opportunity to serve as Faithful Witnesses of the Risen Christ Who is our Good Shepherd, bringing the joy and hope of Everlasting Life in the eternal sheepfold of God's Kingdom.  The past week in Boston in the wake of the terrorism that struck the Marathon last Monday, the selfless and unconditional response of the citizens is a solid sign of the the goodness, and selflessness of decent, caring, compassionate, persons steeped in the hearing and heeding the Good Shepherd's call.  In the face of senseless terror and tragedy, good people stepped up and acted on behalf of those killed, injured, victimized, and traumatized.  They made a beneficial difference to a wanton situation, by answering the call and meeting the challenge.  As we pray and extend our support to Bostonians this Good Shepherd Sunday, may their example of response inspire and enlighten us to be just as responsive and serving in the ways we arec being called.............Fr.  Troy  
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