Think about those times in your life when you have felt inspired to something really great. Where does that inspiration come from?
The Holy Spirit. God inspires us to do great things with our lives.
----Matthew Kelly

Monday, April 18, 2016

4th Sunday of Easter

This Sunday is also called Good Shepherd Sunday, as well as Vocation Sunday. After reading the latter name, it struck me as a little odd that vocations weren't mentioned. Even in the reflections that I read, Vocation Sunday wasn't mentioned. 
In the First Reading, we see the first Gentiles who were converted. How disappointed the apostles must have been to have the Jews turn against them & not follow them. They were “their people”. It seemed like their job to spread the Word of God was being sabotaged by the very people who should have accepted it.  But the Gentiles heard and listened. Not only that, but they believed.  I’m not a theologian, but it seems to me that these Gentiles are the first Christians as we know them today.  (If you are a theologian and I’ve gotten this wrong, please let me know!) In Acts 13:51, the apostles shook the dust from their feet in protest against them, and went to Iconium.  After being so horribly treated, they were able to just walk away from the situation and move on. They were able to forgive and forget. I don’t know about you, but that’s something with which I have an extremely hard time. At what point do you walk away from a situation and say just forget it, and be able to really forget it?  I’ve said many times that I can forgive, but I don’t forget.  Maybe visualizing the shaking the dust from my feet will help.  The apostles knew the right time to walk away and talk to people who were open to hearing the Word. They seemed to have been pretty persistent up until this point. They were jailed, but continued to teach the Word up until now.  Maybe they had just enough; maybe God said, Enough is enough. Maybe they realized that you can lead the horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.  It all goes back to having free will. I can’t imagine how hard that must have been for them: to feel like they were failing.
During Mass, the Deacon gave the Homily. He said that Jesus is the Master Storyteller, relating his stories not only to those in His day, but also to us today. We only have to hear His voice. This is necessary if we want to exist for Him.  We can achieve eternal life if we listen and follow Him. How can we do this? It can be as simple as being there when someone needs you or being nice to someone you don’t like. It costs no money, just a little bit of time.

What are your views on the Readings and Homily? I’d love to hear them!

1 comment:

  1. I think forgiveness is not always easy, but it is easier to do than to forget so we agree on that point. Something I need to work on! I often reflect on how the Jewish people can continue (to this day) to not believe that Jesus is the Messiah. We have friends (husband & wife) who are Jewish and Protestant. I just find it so hard to imagine not believing, especially when so much has been proven scientifically and through archaeology. Of course I wonder the same about atheists and Muslims too, but so much of the Old Testament ties right into the New Testament. Someday we will all know for sure!!

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