4th Sunday of Easter Year B
The Good Shepherd knows us and we know him
Almighty ever-living God,
lead us to a share in the joys of heaven,
so that the humble flock may reach
where the brave Shepherd has gone before.
Today’s First Reading is taken from Peter’s speech to the Council in Jerusalem, following his and John’s arrest. In it, Peter bears witness to the power of the resurrected Christ by which a man lame from birth was brought back to health. Peter quotes from today’s Psalm 117 (118) to reinforce the point that only by the name of Jesus, the keystone, is salvation possible.
The Second Reading shows St John encouraging the Christian communities of modern-day Turkey by sharing his own experiences of what he has seen and heard. That the world cannot always understand must not shake our confidence in the love that God has ‘lavished upon us’.
This love is given tangible form in the image of Christ, as presented to us each year in the Gospel of ‘Good Shepherd Sunday’. Not only are we are led to safety, fed, given rest, watched over and brought back if found to be in danger, we are also known, loved and died for.
This week in my prayer, I may like to ask for the grace to know more fully my Risen Lord, the Good Shepherd, who knows me and has the greatest care and compassion for me.