Today is the fourth Sunday of Easter and is also called Good Shepherd Sunday. Today’s gospel is taken from the 10th chapter of the Gospel of St. John. This chapter of St. John’s Gospel follows Jesus’ healing of the man born blind and the rejection of this miracle by the Jewish leaders who question Jesus’ authority to heal. Jesus responds to this challenge by calling himself the Good Shepherd. He is criticizing the leadership of the Pharisees and the other leaders. The Pharisees and other leaders are so angry that they attempt to stone and arrest Jesus (see John 10:31, 39). This controversy with the religious leaders continues until Jesus’ death. In the portion of the chapter that we hear proclaimed today, Jesus describes his relationship with his followers as similar to the relationship between a good shepherd and his sheep. As a good shepherd will risk and lay down his life in order to protect his sheep, Jesus willingly sacrifices himself for the sake of his sheep. Jesus contrasts the actions of the good shepherd with the actions of the hired shepherd who abandons the sheep in the face of danger. In the verses following Jesus’ teaching, we learn that the Pharisees and the other religious leaders understand that Jesus is referring to them when he describes the hired shepherds.
The gospel shows that the good shepherd knows the sheep and therefore acts out of love. For the Good Shepherd, this is never simply part of a job; this love-in-action is integral to his identity.
On Good Shepherd Sunday it is traditional for a collection to help pay for the training of future priests of the Archdiocese. Fr. Nick Williams, the Archdiocesan vocation director, has published a fascinating insight into the life of those who become priests which can be read here. Donations to the Archdiocesan Priests’ Training Fund can be made at this link.
Mass at St. Teilo’s
Mass today will be at 10.00am and 6pm please only attend if you have already booked to do so. You are welcome to join us online.
Weekday Mass at St. Teilo’s takes place at 10am on Monday to Saturday Mornings. You can attend with no need to pre-book.
Each weekend St. Teilo’s will have three Sunday Masses open for attendance; the Vigil Mass at 6pm on Saturday, the 10am Mass on Sunday morning and a 6pm Mass on Sunday evening. Bookings for all three Sunday Masses should be made via the parish’s online booking service. Click on the red ‘Select a date’ button and select the date and time of the Mass you wish to attend. You can book for Masses for future weeks too.
This week’s newsletter can be found here.