DateDescriptionHomilist
2020-05-034th Sunday of EasterRev. Msgr. Michael J. Motta, D.Min.


Today, the 4th Sunday of Easter, is often called "Good Shepherd Sunday" because the Gospel always reminds us that Jesus was and is the Good Shepherd who is willing to lay down his life for his friends.

It is especially interesting to note the Jesus also refers to himself as the gate through which the sheep must enter. When shepherds gathered their sheep at the end of the day, they would bring them together into an enclosure made of stones but the place where they entered the enclosure was left open. They did not actually have a gate because the shepherd himself was the gate. He would examine each sheep as it entered looking for any wounds that the animal might have so he could bandage them. Since each sheep was unique, he was able to call each one by name. The fact is that they would only follow his voice. They would never follow a stranger. The shepherd would protect them at night when they were especially vulnerable by actually being the gate. That is why Jesus says: "I am the gate. Whoever enters through the gate will be safe."

On this day, Good Shepherd Sunday, we priests often ask young people to consider the priesthood or religious life.

I have always wanted to be a Catholic priest. I have no regrets about making that choice in my life. Being a priest has provided me with a lot of happiness and fulfillment. I have known many priests in my life. Most of them have provided me with a Christ-like example.

I am sure that you can say the same. Most of the nuns or sisters that I have known in my life have also been an inspiration to me. They, too, have led me to God and a spiritual life. We need priests and nuns and deacons to serve the Church as we have never needed them before.

If you are thinking about serving God with a religious vocation, listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in your life. If you have children who are interested in serving God and the Church, encourage them to do so. Our Catholic family needs to grow and shed its influence on others. We need to bring the message of Jesus Christ to all that we meet. We can make a difference.

The challenges that we face in the Church have never been greater. Will we come out of this stronger and holier? I hope so. I pray that we will. I do believe that for every death there is a resurrection. That is the meaning of Easter. I do believe that goodness is more powerful than evil. Together, as a Church we can make it work.

Fourth Sunday of Easter May 3, 2020 Today, the 4th Sunday of Easter, is often called "Good Shepherd Sunday" because the Gospel always reminds us that Jesus was and is the Good Shepherd who is willing to lay down his life for his friends.

It is especially interesting to note the Jesus also refers to himself as the gate through which the sheep must enter. When shepherds gathered their sheep at the end of the day, they would bring them together into an enclosure made of stones but the place where they entered the enclosure was left open. They did not actually have a gate because the shepherd himself was the gate. He would examine each sheep as it entered looking for any wounds that the animal might have so he could bandage them. Since each sheep was unique, he was able to call each one by name. The fact is that they would only follow his voice. They would never follow a stranger. The shepherd would protect them at night when they were especially vulnerable by actually being the gate. That is why Jesus says: "I am the gate. Whoever enters through the gate will be safe."

On this day, Good Shepherd Sunday, we priests often ask young people to consider the priesthood or religious life.

I have always wanted to be a Catholic priest. I have no regrets about making that choice in my life. Being a priest has provided me with a lot of happiness and fulfillment. I have known many priests in my life. Most of them have provided me with a Christ-like example.

I am sure that you can say the same. Most of the nuns or sisters that I have known in my life have also been an inspiration to me. They, too, have led me to God and a spiritual life. We need priests and nuns and deacons to serve the Church as we have never needed them before.

If you are thinking about serving God with a religious vocation, listen to the promptings of the Holy Spirit in your life. If you have children who are interested in serving God and the Church, encourage them to do so. Our Catholic family needs to grow and shed its influence on others. We need to bring the message of Jesus Christ to all that we meet. We can make a difference.

The challenges that we face in the Church have never been greater. Will we come out of this stronger and holier? I hope so. I pray that we will. I do believe that for every death there is a resurrection. That is the meaning of Easter. I do believe that goodness is more powerful than evil. Together, as a Church we can make it work.


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