St. Augustine Catholic Church
Sunday, May 3, 2020
Fourth Sunday of Easter
It is Good Shepherd Sunday in addition to World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Both are needed in these perilous Coronavirus times that we are experiencing. We certainly need a shepherd to protect us and provide for us. We also need young people to commit their lives to Christ to “Go and preach the Gospel to the world, even to the ends of the earth.”
One of my favorite images of Jesus is of Him who just does His job with ordinary people like us, extraordinarily. You are also a Good Shepherd and if you are calling your friends and family, helping out, or contributing prayers or finances to others to help us get pass this situation, you are really in there. Enjoy this role and know that the Lord is calling you to do whatever you can to take of yourself and those entrusted to your care. We especially want to put our arms around the younger people in the family. Love them, nurture them, guide them, by your example, to come and know and love the Lord. Through it all, we need to keep growing as God’s family.
I miss the privilege of seeing this image of the Good Shepherd every Sunday as I look out on the congregation and pray with you. I miss doing many things that we are used to doing like hearing the choir singing praises to the Lord and seeing the familiar faces that sit in the sections to my right and left.
God has promised us that He has given us life and to have it more abundantly. Remember He is the Good Shepherd and “surely goodness and kindness shall follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come.” Alleluia!
Love, Father Bob