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Gospel Reflections for May 7

Besides her great privilege of being the Mother of God, Mary was also her Son’s first disciple. She is often called the Model, or Exemplar of the Church. Following her example, we walk with her through the Gospels as we reflect on her response to God in her life.

May 7, 2017 —Fourth Sunday of Easter

John 10:1-10
 Father Oscar Lukefahr, C.M.

A newspaper had a Mother’s Day writing contest, inviting sons and daughters to compose “the letter I always meant to write but never did.” Many entries came from women who as moms had learned really to appreciate their mother. Two examples...

“Mom, yesterday I ran across a copy of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. It reminded me of a day on the hillside by the old house when you were pregnant with the twins. We three kids sat around you on the grass while you read one of the stories from that book. To this day, I remember that story, the sun shining on us, and the fun of helping push you back up the hill. You were as special then as you are now. I love you! Darlene.”

“Dear Mom, When I was a child, your words, ‘I love you and sweet dreams,’ were the last thoughts I fell asleep with. Now as a wife and mother, I still feel your strength guiding me through every day. I have learned through your patience, understanding, and friendship. Thank you, Mom. Now, ‘sweet dreams and love’ send my children to bed each night. All my love always, Cassie.”

These letters, filled with so much feeling, illuminate today’s Gospel. First, they show the tenderness and warmth of Christ’s love. He calls himself the good shepherd. This meant a lot to the people of Jesus’ time, because sheep and shepherds were common. For us, a mother is a better sign of how much Jesus loves us.

Second, a mother shows how Jesus watches over us. She surrounds her children with love, giving them security by day and sweet dreams at night. Jesus is shepherd ... and gate. When a shepherd of Jesus’ time pastured sheep in remote places, he would make from stones and wood a corral in which to gather the sheep at night. He would sleep at the opening as a living “gate,” keeping the sheep safely within and protecting them from robbers and wild beasts.

Let’s not delay in writing “the letter I always meant to write” if mom is still with us, or in praying a letter to mom if she has gone before. Let’s thank our Blessed Mother, who loves us and guides us to Jesus, the Good Shepherd. He leads us (as today’s Responsorial Psalm proclaims) to green pastures and to our heavenly home forever.




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