4th Sunday in Easter

St. Pius X | News
20 Apr 2018

One of the most favored images of Christ in the early Church was that of the “Good Shepherd”.  This image appears several times in the paintings found in the catacombs in Rome.  Some of them date back to the late second and early third centuries.  There are many depictions of the Good shepherd in our churches and homes.  Sometimes he is a tender figure holding a young lamb close to his breast.  In todays Gospel, three times Jesus calls Himself the Good Shepherd, and thus He tells us exactly who He is, because the most important thing the sheep need to know is who is taking care of them.  Now we know who is taking care of us.  Now, we know whose voice we have to listen to!  Today we are invited to examine how great and caring our love for our friends is.  Caring for one another is the task of every baptized person and is shown by discreet acts of kindness.  Caring as a good shepherd is a hidden source of sensitive communication. Our invitation through baptism is to have hands to help others, feet to hasten to the poor and needy, eyes to see misery and want and ears to hear the sighs of our friends in sorrow.  In every age Jesus is calling men and women to care diligently for the intimate needs of their brothers and sisters.  This is what being a Good shepherd really means.