Fourth Sunday of Easter

This weekend we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter.  The Gospel passage from John is very brief.  It is a continuation of the discourse in chapter 10 in which Jesus begins by saying, “I am the Good Shepherd.”    Jesus conveys a great deal in a few words.  He knows us through and through and is confident that we will hear his voice and will follow him.  Jesus gives his sheep eternal life, says they will not perish, and that no one will take them from him.  He tells us about our relationship to the Father and his relationship to the Father.  He concludes by saying, “The Father and I are one.”  These are powerful words.  This Easter Season we take 50 days to celebrate and reflect upon the Resurrection of Christ and the gift of eternal life he has promised us.  May we continue to follow in his ways and be true to our discipleship.  We know that he will be with us always and will never fail us.  No matter what challenges or difficulties we encounter, the Good Shepherd will not let harm come to us.  In times of uncertainty, we learn to place our trust in Christ who makes all things new.

Happy Mothers’ Day to all Mothers! On this day we honor our mothers (who are living) in a special way, and we also remember our mothers who have gone before us in faith.  My own mother is now celebrating her first Mother’s Day in heaven.  As we express our gratitude for mothers this day, let us give thanks to God for all who serve in the role of mother: mothers, grandmothers, Godmothers, stepmothers, foster mothers, adopted mothers, and spiritual mothers.  May God continue to bless their lives with his goodness and love!

This past week, you should have received a CSA mailing containing letters from both Bishop Hurley and me, a brochure explaining how CSA funds are used, a prayer card, and a pledge card.   Our parish assessment this year is: $48,152.00.  The theme is Many Parts: One Church.  Last weekend we heard some very fine talks on CSA by Jan Dietzel and Sharon Gembrowski.  I hope they helped us begin to reflect upon how we might generously support CSA this year.  It would be so great if our parish, could reach our 2019 assessed goal.  It is not beyond our reach.  For some it may require a bit of a sacrifice to support this worthy cause.  Sometimes, sacrifice is not just financial; it may have to do with allowing ourselves to let go of other things like feelings, frustrations, and losses, and having a “change of heart” in order to support our parish and our diocese.  Please prayerfully discern how you are able to contribute to CSA this year.

Blessings on your Easter Season!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ