Fourth Sunday of Easter
May 12, 2019 – Year C
Readings: Acts 13:14, 43-52 / Ps 100 / Rev 7:9, 14B-17 / Jn 10:27-30
by Rev. Salvador Añonuevo, Pastor
Deacon Harold of EWTN, one of the most sought-after speakers in men’s conferences, told this story. One day when his children were little, his wife was having one of those days where she just wanted to have a little rest after a whole day of running errands and taking care of the kids. So she asked him to take them out of the house. He took them to the park nearby, and they were having a great time until his little girl stumbled and cried, “Mommy!” He told her, “Don’t worry. I am here.” But she kept on crying, looking for her mom.
Deacon Harold then addressed the men attending the conference. “This is something which we men, perhaps, will never be able to completely understand: the kind of bonding that children have with their mothers. The nine months that they were inside their mother’s womb have established that strong connection that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. And children know by instinct that their mom can feel how they feel.”
Today, as we celebrate Mother’s Day, we are also celebrating Good Shepherd Sunday. In the gospel that we have just heard, Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me.”
The Lord Jesus, who is our God, certainly knows more than we know ourselves. He knows what is in our minds and what is in the innermost chamber of our hearts. And He surely knows our heart’s desires.
Every mother would like to give her child something that will make him or her happy and contented as much as possible for the rest of his or her life. And so does our God.
In the Book of Revelation, which we have heard in the second reading, God’s words gave us this promise: that the Lamb will shepherd us and lead us to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from our eyes.