APRIL 25, 2021 4TH SUNDAY OF EASTER
First Reading: Acts 4:8-12 (50b)
Second Reading: 1 John 3:1-2
Gospel: John 10:11-18
In the gospel of today, Jesus introduces Himself to us as the Good Shepherd. He is a Good Shepherd who lays down His life for his sheep. He is not a shepherd for hire, but a shepherd for life.
Today, Good Shepherd Sunday, is also a day to pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Indeed there is such a crying need for good priests and religious that the Holy Father has set aside this Sunday as a world day of prayer for vocations.
All Catholics, especially by virtue of the sacrament of confirmation, have the obligation of spreading Christ's teachings. Yet in the church, some persons have been given a specific role in proclaiming Christ. They are priests and religious.
Next month, a seminarian from the Diocese of Oakland and born local, will be doing his pastoral exposure here at St Callistus for 2-3months. We will come to know more about him when he comes. We keep him in our prayers so he will become a priest someday.
Let us also pray to the Good Shepherd to send more laborers into His vineyard. For men and women who have a special calling to the priestly and religious life, that they may respond generously to God's call.
Lest we forget, all of us have a vocation, a calling. All of us are called to be good, to be kind, to be generous, to be forgiving, to do our mission in this world, and in the end, may all of us go to heaven. Amen.