4th Sunday of Easter – April 30,2023

“Go and proclaim: JESUS is the Good Shepherd”

First Reading: Nehemiah 9:6-15

Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 23:1-3,4-5,6

Second Reading: 1 Peter 2:19-25

Gospel Reading: John 10:1-10

Sheep need a shepherd because sheep are vulnerable. We humans are like sheep who are vulnerable and are prone to wander. Hence, we need a shepherd that would lead us into the right path. God is the Shepherd of our soul.

As Pope Francis said, “People have personal stupidity,” making us vulnerable to make mistakes. Sometimes, we deny it because we want to become wise. But God did not choose you because of your skills and capabilities, He chose you because of your vulnerability. God is a good Shepherd, but let’s ask ourselves, “Are we the type of sheep that belongs to God?” As Christ resurrected, we are taught how to live a new life and we need to listen. Then, we need to follow Him and obey Him, which allows us to have a relationship with Him.

But have we grown closer to God today than yesterday? It is God who invites us, but we are the one who must come closer to Him. We cannot hear God when we are going far away from Him. Allow ourselves to take time and read the scriptures and to focus on Him. Listen with our eyes, with our ears, and with our heart. Watch, meditate, and do what God has told us to do. There are hindrances that may prevent us from doing what God says- it could be ourselves because we tend not to obey, or our loved ones that say something negative about our calling. But we are to trust God because He brings us to still waters and green pastures- which is, the abundance of life. God can bring us to a peaceful life. God restores our soul. We must embrace that we are sheep- vulnerable and prone to committing mistakes. Because of this God chooses to take care of us. Take time and take effort to listen to the good Shepherd.

Homily Recap by Riana Chelle Montero

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