Readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter
Acts 4:1-12; 1 John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18
In the Easter season, we reflect on the impact that Jesus and his resurrection from the grave had (and still has) on those who follow him. This Sunday is traditionally called Good Shepherd Sunday because of the Gospel lesson. There, Jesus affirms his commitment to die in place of his sheep. The image of “one flock”, gathered around the crucified and risen Lord, is a beautiful picture of what makes us the Church. We listen to our Master’s voice and we trust him because he has proven himself (Jn 10).
In his first letter, the Apostle John says it’s Jesus who teaches us truly how to love. We cannot close our hearts to a neighbor in need without also closing our hearts off from God (1Jn 3).
Luke records how the apostles performed miracles in the name of the risen Lord Jesus as a testimony to the Lord’s power and mercy. We sometimes find ourselves looking for help, healing, or peace of mind in the wrong places. Luke reminds us that only Jesus has the power to open for us the doors to eternity. Alleluia! Christ is risen!