Dear friends in Christ,
This weekend we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter which is also known as Good Shepherd Sunday. It is known as Good Shepherd Sunday because of the fact that on this Sunday we hear the Good Shepherd discourse which is taken from the tenth chapter of the Gospel of Saint John.
Here Jesus provides us with a paroimia, or parable, in which He likens Himself to a good shepherd who takes care of His sheep. As a good shepherd, He enters the sheepfold through the gate, He calls them by name, and He leads them out (John 10:2-3). He is also the sheep gate: those who enter through Him will be saved and will come and go out and find pasture (John 10:9).
For us as followers of Christ who find ourselves still in the midst of the present pandemic, we are invited and encouraged to entrust ourselves to Jesus the Good Shepherd who calls each of us by name, who provides for us all that we need, who saves us, and who gives us eternal life. So much does Jesus love us that for us His sheep He laid down His life and raised Himself up (John 10:15-17) and thus has provided for us the example of perseverance in the face of trials (I Peter 2:21).
While we continue to face uncertainty in our lives, in our community, and in our world, Jesus is with us, accompanying us, caring for us, and providing for us. Ultimately, our faith rests in Him, He who alone is the way, and the truth, and the life for all people (John 14:6).
As we celebrate this Good Shepherd Sunday, we pray for all those who suffering at the present time, that the Risen Lord will be with them in a special way. We also pray for all medical personnel and all caregivers, that God will continue to strengthen them. Finally, we pray for ourselves, that we will continue to persevere in our faith as we know that God is with us through Son who gives a share in His life.