First Reading – Acts 13:14, 43-52
Psalm – 100:1-2 3, 5
Second Reading – Revelation 7:9, 14b-17
Gospel – John 10:27-30
The disciples’ experience of the risen Christ urges them to share His message with the world. In the first readings, we follow the missionary adventures of Peter, Paul, and Barnabas. They preach first to the Jews, who reject the message, and then to the delighted Gentiles.
In the Gospel, Jesus continues to reveal his relationship to God, his Father, but hearing of the Good Shepherd always leaves me with the image of Mother. Jesus tells us, “My sheep know my voice: I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life…” Whose voice is the first recognized by an infant? Who does a toddler first follow, cling to? Who gives life out of her own body? How appropriate the Gospel reading is for Mother’s Day. It reminds us to let Jesus the Good Shepherd mother us in these Easter days of new life.
Jesus, Good Shepherd, thank you for showing us how to live and for teaching us about your Father God. Thank you even more for being willing to lay down your life for your flock, for each of us no matter how far we stray. In this Easter season show us how to spread the good news of your love. Bless our mothers, living and deceased, and all those we mother in your name. Amen
Mary Ann Stoffregen, osf