April 30. 4th Sunday of Easter. Good Shepherd and Vocations Sunday. Fr Fidelis asked families to share. “I wonder if other mothers or fathers feel like I do about this business with the sheep. I really do love Pope Francis but can’t easily relate to his saying that we should smell like the sheep. That’s just not a decent thing for me, and I rather hope not totally necessary for my vocation! But what he really means, of course, is that we should imitate Jesus and be close to one another. Being intimate and part of one another’s life, especially you and your family members, is that what a good life means to you? Jesus said “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” Mrs du Plooy shared, “For me, life in abundance is a nice home, job, enough money at least not to be constantly stressed about it. Is that unreasonable?” Others commented, “It is also about good relationships, feelings of satisfaction and belonging.” “Spiritual fulfillment too, gratitude for the abundant life Jesus offers and sense of acceptance of God’s will, whether it is to marry, be single or become a priest or religious.” Parents thought about “life in abundance” for the future of their children too. Patience suggested, “I think we should also go and ask our children what they think it should be.”
Scripture: I am the door for the sheep; if anyone enters by me he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10: 9-10. Pope Francis: it is a profound spiritual experience to contemplate our loved ones with the eyes of God and to see Christ in them. This demands a freedom and an openness which enable us to appreciate their dignity. AL323. Reflect, share and act, pray.