Sunday 21 April 2024

About Today Readings

4th Sunday of Easter

Acts 4:8-12. The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone – Psalm 117(118):1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28-29. 1 John 3:1-2. John 10:11-18.

The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep

‘I am the good shepherd’ is one of seven statements in John’s Gospel in which Jesus defines his mission and the qualities needed to accomplish it. That it captured the imagination of the early Christians is evident from their many artistic depictions of Jesus in that role; and, in our own day, the popularity of the ‘shepherd psalm’ (Psalm 22/23) in funeral liturgies bespeaks a similar predilection.

Jesus returned to this image when he applied it to the mission of his disciples, especially those called to servant leadership. ‘Feed my lambs; feed my sheep’ is his command to Peter (John 21:15-17).

Jesus’ words, ‘I know my own and my own know me’, are both comforting and challenging. There is no doubt that he knows and loves us intimately. But how well do we know him?

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