for Sunday, April 29, 2012
We are God's children. We are God's flock. Jesus Himself promises us that
we are no longer slaves but children of God. Jesus tells us that He will
lay His life down for us. He has already died for us, but every day He is
will to lay down His life for us once more. Salvation is not something in
the past, salvation is today.
Today's readings begin with one from the Acts of the Apostles. Peter is
trying to explain how a crippled man was cured and why. What is really
important is not so much the cure of the crippled man but the love of Jesus
for His people. Even today we do not always understand this. Jesus will
do anything and everything for us if we have faith in Him. He heals us
every day from so many things.
The second reading, from the First Letter of Saint John, is a wonderful
prophecy of what heaven will be like: we shall be like Him and we shall
see Him as He is. So much of our life here is spent trying to be like Him,
trying to live as He lived, trying to love and He loved. In heaven, we
shall be like Him.
The Gospel today reflects that this is Good Shepherd Sunday. We have
readings that explain to us what a Good Shepherd is like. This is an image
trying to explain to us the care and the love that God has for us in Christ
Jesus. Truly there is no way in this life fully to comprehend the love
that God has for us.
We should be able to speak every day of God's love and care for us. If we
can still our hearts and our minds, we will more easily see this love and
care of God at work every day in our lives. It may not always be the love
that we want from God, but it is truly love and for our good.
Let us rejoice and be glad today. Let us be still and listen and look for
the signs of God's love in our lives. Let us be aware of how much healing
God has already done in our lives. Now is the time of salvation.
Readings of the day:
First Reading: Acts 4.7-12
Second Reading: 1 John 3.1-2
Gospel: John 10.11-18
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