Good Shepherd Sunday may provide an opportunity to see in the more agrarian societies how we understand ourselves as protected by our shepherd, Jesus Christ. Global
news has brought the conditions of persecuted Christians before us to face the truth of our faith. How do we see our relationship to others in the body of Christ? Are we praying for peace? Are we challenged by our faith to learn more about
any historical view of how the faithful endured in previous periods of trial? Have we asked God to lead us into action for his kingdom of justice, truth and forgiveness? As a Cardinal wrote on Mercy Sunday 2015-"Has the monumental Paschal Event
brought about a similar shift in spiritual mood among believing Catholics?...If some sort of spiritual re-awakening is not taking place among us- from Lent to Easter, Good Friday to the dramatic Easter Vigil and in all the days of Eastertide-I..." How are
we CHANGED because the tomb is empty? Have you recently reached out to our RISEN Lord?
Life is challenged all around and we are called into the risen life to defend the weak, poor, outcast and
lonely. For in doing so we meet Christ. Each person is made in the likeness and image of God.
This Easter hear the trumpet blare! He is risen from the dead! May we not delay in proceeding
in haste to proclaim the good news!