FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
First Reading: Acts 13: 14, 43-52
Joy and Light
47 For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, ‘I have set you to be a light for the Gentiles, so that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’
The Lord has commanded us to be the Light but in an increasingly dark time; we may find ourselves facing a great struggle. We must then remember what the apostles did in such times. Especially when they were faced with persecution, lies, and jealousy; they recognized the opposition. And yet they did not abandon their mission but simply shifted base!
51 So they shook the dust off their feet in protest against them and went to Iconium. 52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
St. Paul one of the greatest missionaries showed us the way forward! In shaking off the dust of his feet, he acknowledged his rejection from a region and moved to another. We may need a spiritual, emotional, physical, or mental shift. From time to time, we need to find our own Iconium. It is then that we are filled with the Holy Spirit and indescribable joy!
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 100: 1-3, 5
We Are His!
3 Know that the Lord is God. It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
Second Reading: Revelation 7: 9, 14b-17
He is Our Shepherd!
16 They will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not strike them, nor any scorching heat; 17 for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
Jesus Christ guides us today, in our daily life. We must learn to surrender our Spirit and Will to him, so that we may savor this slice of heaven while we are here!
Gospel: John 10: 27-30
Now Follow Him!
26 but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. 27 My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me.
There will always be unbelievers! Christ himself walked this earth working signs and miracles and yet seeing these wonders, some didn’t believe. Christ has explained the reason here saying that they are the ones who do not belong. Then, we the Believers ought to hear His voice and follow Him!
We must prepare ourselves to hear His voice. We must remain conscious of His presence near us every time we call on Him! The lost sheep always call out to their master! We know that the Lord never forsakes or fails us. (Deut. 31:6 “Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the Lord your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you.”) Then, when we hear His voice; we too like St. Paul must move on!