4th Sunday of Easter

May 5, 2019

Today we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter. This is also known as “Good Shepherd Sunday,” as the readings on this day focus our attention on Jesus as the Good Shepherd. We celebrate the fact that the voice of Jesus our Good Shepherd still speaks to us in many ways: through our faith community, the Church, and those around us. Our task is to listen for the Shepherd’s voice. In today’s first reading we hear, “all who were destined for eternal life came to believe.” Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice; I know them and they follow me.” Our second reading from Revelation offers us a vision of a ‘great multitude…from every nation, race, people, and tongue.” How do we know that someone is destined for eternal life or hears Christ’s voice or will be counted in the great multitude? We know it when we see someone live how Jesus teaches us to live. Or, as Pope Francis put it, “Listening to religious teaching or learning a doctrine is not enough. What we want is to live as Jesus lived.” As sheep of God’s flock, ours is a living faith, animated by charity, that is, love in word and deed. Live as Jesus lived by listening for His voice. Act one what you hear, even when this means being counter cultural. Live here and know that you are destined for that life eternal promised in baptism and lived out each day following our Good Shepherd

Our selection of new Parish Council members is just a month away. On Pentecost Sunday we will select three new members and two alternates to serve a three-year term on our parish leadership team. Today listen to the voice of the Good Shepherd who is calling you to help shepherd His flock here at St. Luke. What a great way to live Jesus by offering your time and talents to serve on the Parish Council. Put your name in today.

We continue our Annual Catholic Appeal here in the Archdiocese and at St. Luke’s. Thanks again go to our co-chairs, Dee Brockman and Felice Nighbor for coordinating our parish efforts. Last weekend we had Mr. Chris Baechle, Chief Executive Officer of Cardinal Ritter Senior Services share the work He is able to accomplish through the generosity of the ACA. We also showed this year’s ACA video as part of our monthly Coffee and Donuts Social. Pledge cards for the ACA for all parishioners are once again available in the main foyer this weekend. Please stop and make a pledge to this year’s appeal. If you are a new parishioner, please fill out one of the blank cards that are available. This year’s theme for the Appeal is “I Believe.” Because we believe our faith calls us to live Jesus generously, we support the charitable needs of our local Church. I am confident we will do our best to support the ACA.

Today we also celebrate Mother’s Day. A special welcome to all mothers in Church today. We honor you for the precious gift you have given to your sons and daughters by giving birth and having them baptized into the hope of life eternal. We also remember mothers who have completed their life’s journey. May they enjoy eternal peace with our Blessed Mother in the court of our Risen Lord. May we take this opportunity to offer prayers of thanksgiving for our mothers today.

Finally today, as we continue this beautiful month of May, I would encourage all of us to remember the powerful devotion of interceding with our Blessed Mother through the praying of the Rosary. Daily meditating on the mysteries of the life of Jesus and Mary can help our prayer to be focused on following Him and interceding for all our needs. The Rosary is a time-honored way of staying in contact with our Mother who prays with us and brings our needs to her divine Son. Ave Regina Coeli.

God Bless! Happy Eastertide!

Remember those 3 Hail Marys (Fr. Pete)