Reflection from Fr. Taylor, April 17, 2016, 4th Sunday of Easter

April 17, 2016, 4th Sunday of Easter

“I am the Good Shepherd.”

So much is said today about people living up to their commitments. One of the saddest things is that some people who have been entrusted with great care of others betray that trust and do not live up to the commitments they have made.

The image of the Good Shepherd reminds us just how serious caring for others is. We should never walk in and out of those things which have to do with people’s lives. Jesus our “Good Shepherd” gave His life for all and He stood by every commitment that He ever made, and He promised to forgive sin. He carried this out as a priority even in the few resurrection appearances that we have in the Gospels.

Often it is a challenge keeping up with our day to day commitments, but we should think of those who are relying on us, who are being entrusted to our care. This can happen in family relationships work relationships and yes in our different ministries in the church. The bottom line is that when God calls He gives the grace and spirit to carry out the call, but it is up to us to remain steadfast.

Jesus says “my sheep hear my voice, I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life and they shall not perish.” Who has ever made a greater commitment than this. When we hear of eternal life we tend to think of life after death but we really don’t have to wait. The future is in our hands. It is said in John’s Gospel “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life.” Eternal life cannot be taken away by death but only by total and final rejection of God’s grace, Jesus is the resurrection and the life.

So we do the best we can in this world knowing that planning for the future starts right now. Not everyone accepts this invitation for eternal life but if we do Jesus promises us a life that will never end, and a life that is secure. Nothing can ever steal these things away from us. In this world we continue to be subject to suffering, sorrow and death, but even in our darkest hour we have this pledge that we will never ever be alone.

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