My Dear Friends,
This weekend, Catholic Christians celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter. This is also known as Good Shepherd Sunday.
In today’s Gospel selection from St. John (10: 11-18), Jesus says he is the good shepherd. And unlike hired workers who tend sheep, a good shepherd is ready to lay down his life for the sheep. And, of course, that is exactly what Jesus did for us on the cross. For over 2,000 years, other Catholic Christians have given their lives for their flocks as martyrs, and the blood of the martyrs is the seed that helps the Church grow.
Today Catholic Christians also celebrate the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the purpose of this day is to publically fulfill the Lord’s instruction to ask the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest (Mathew 9: 38; Luke 10: 2). And although everyone has a vocation, this day is targeted especially for praying for vocations to the ordained priesthood, Religious life, and the diaconate. Especially, please pray for more missionary priests to serve in areas where there is only 1 priest per tens of thousands of Catholic Christians – such as in our sister parish in Honduras.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
– Father Bob