4th Sunday of Easter

St. Pius X | News
5 May 2017

The preaching of Jesus is full of illustrations from the ordinary lives of his neighbours who were farmers and fishermen. The story in today’s gospel of the personal love of Jesus Christ for every individual and of his willingness to lay down his life for us, should prompt us to make some response in return for such lavish generosity. If we claim to be part of his family we should be eagerly following him with enthusiasm and generosity. The question for all of us to face is what return are we making as a response for his loving care. Life only becomes meaningful when we live with Christ. Our surest road to safety is to be alert and ready to answer his invitation to come and follow. The compassion of Jesus comes to people through hearts that are full of tenderness and love. We need constant reminding that our calling is to be shepherds after the heart of God, making Christ’s presence effective in our neighbourhood. This work is carried out effectively in our families and communities when we respond to the deepest needs of people under our care. The caring acts of God are performed in hands that serve. Christ is dependent on all of us to be shepherds of his flock in a caring and loving service of others. There is no other way for the church to be a beacon of hope, a light in the darkness and a sign of salvation for those in need of help.