4th Sunday of Easter, April 23rd 2012

The Act of the Apostles has been called, “The gospel of the Holy Spirit". It is called such because of the experience of the Spirit among the Apostles, then in the various Christian communities in Jerusalem and beyond Judea, even in Rome of the empire. Act of the Apostles is precisely the book we read, meditate how and rediscover throughout the Easter season. The Easter season is the longest liturgical season more importantly, it is so very different from the rest. It is indeed a prolongation of just celebrating Easter. St. Luke in his second book tries to underline the significance of everything that happened from the birth of the church to the formation of the community in Rome. Above all, he tries to show how the Holy Spirit guided the church’s development and expansion into the gentile world. Today, a celebration 4th Sunday of Easter, there is often an image of Jesus as a Christ, Good Shepherd. The stone which the builders rejected, has become the corner stone.( Ps 118) Some of Jesus’s more enigmatic sayings become clear when read in light of the resurrection and paschal faith. Only then is it understood that they are revelation sayings concerning Jesus’ person and mission. This is particularly the case with Jesus’ discourse that contains the imaginary of the Good Shepherd. Jesus is the legitimite shepherd of the world. We do not break into the sheepfold; he enters  - he is the shepherd, whose face is worn by suffering also shines with light, leading us confidential on a difficult path. The words between a shepherd and his sheep: They hear his voice, they follow him. He knows them, he gives them eternal life. To hear, to enter into a communion to knowingly follow him into eternal life. My friends, our Good Shepherd listens to us with both the ears of his head and the ears of his heart. He is the most effective guide and listener. He is the most anxious to get his sheep out of this transitory life and into eternal life. The beautiful story about psalm 23 goes, that at a family gathering a young college kid was asked to recite this beautiful poetry. Then a grandfather of the family, a real patriarch stood up and in a very soft, voice he recited the same psalm. Everyone was hypnotized, when he finished all cried. One of the guests summer up: The boys knows the psalm, the old man knows the shepherd. 

 

 

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