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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

April 25 A..D. 2010

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

Acts 13:14, 43-52
Psalm 100:1-2, 3, 5
Revelation 7:9, 14b-17
John 10:27-30

A reflection on today's Scripture:

In Jesus' lifetime on earth as preacher and healer, He was known for His compassion and love.

Shortly before His Passion and death, He stopped on His way to Jerusalem to weep over the city, crying out, "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets, and stones those who were sent to it, how often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood together under her wings, and you were not willing!"

Jesus is best known, however, as a shepherd, leading His flock to eternal life. He called Himself the door, the gate, the sheepfold itself. The shepherd knows sheep by name, and each one of his flock are safe when they follow his call. Today's Gospel emphasizes this aspect of a shepherd—his voice. "My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they never perish."

How often in Scripture we hear that gentle yet powerfully persuasive voice calling each apostle to follow Him. To the troubled and possessed, His voice sternly commanded the demons to depart; to the ill and infirm, His voice was that of a tender healer; to the religious leaders, it was sometimes an angry voice denouncing them for refusing to believe the truths of the Father's message. After His resurrection, Jesus commanded the apostles to go out to the whole world and preach the Good News.

For the first three Sundays, we heard how Peter followed the command of Jesus to "feed my lambs, feed my sheep." As Peter included the Gentiles in his preaching, so, too, did Paul. In today's first reading, and in subsequent Sundays after Easter, we will hear how Paul extended the message to the Jews first, then the Gentiles on his missionary journeys. They spoke with boldness as Jesus had commanded them, often experiencing imprisonment, beating and rejection.

Christians throughout the centuries have experienced rough treatment and sometimes death for their faithfulness to the voice of the Good Shepherd. We, too, must never let hostile and strident voices drown out the message of salvation. There is no other voice by which the world can be saved.

~ Msgr. Paul Whitmore | email: pwhitmore29@yahoo.com

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Lives of the saints:

Full Scripture text from today's Liturgy of the Word:


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