Fourth Sunday of Easter
There is no other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved except that of Jesus of Nazareth. In the Gospel, Jesus identifies the Good Shepherd as one who is willing to lay down his life for his sheep. Jesus showed that he is the Good Shepherd in his Passion and Death. However, having laid down his life out of love for us, he takes it up again in his Resurrection. Risen from the dead, the Good Shepherd guides his Church to continue his saving mission. Peter’s healing of a crippled man “in the name of Jesus Christ” reveals the Risen Savior still at work in the world and that “there is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.”
Parish Question for Reflection:
Are we willing “to lay down our lives” for our Good Shepherd as he did for us?
That our parish may always confidently witness to Jesus as the one through whom uniquely we find the way to salvation.