Fourth Sunday of Easter

Acts 13:14, 43-52 | Ps. 100:1- 5 | Rv. 7:9, 14-17 | Jn. 10:27-30

All the readings, in one way or another, point to being disciples of Jesus.  Paul and Barnabas are teaching in Greece.  They find opposition from the leaders of the Jews.  Paul’s response is that they were sent to preach to the Gentiles because the Jews, who were the first to hear God’s Word, refused to accept and believe.  Once again they are thrown out of the  town.  Paul and Barnabas, shake the dust from their feet, do not give up or allow the ill temper of these people keep them from doing God’s Work.  They move on to the next town.  The Book of Revelations gives us a picture of how believers will be rewarded for the faith.  There is much to be joyful about here.  Jesus refers to Himself as the Good Shepherd who the sheep hear and follow.  Jesus promises us that He will give us eternal life and that we will not perish.  The Father has given the disciples to Jesus and no one can take them away.  He and the Father are one.

What a great calling each of us has!  At the same time, we have the gift of free will to respond “yes” or “no.”  It is indeed a great gift.  Listen to these scripture readings with open hearts. Allow your heart to be filled with the Holy Spirit.  How will you respond to Jesus’ invitation to come and follow Him?  Do so now.

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