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Homilies :: Latin Rite
Sunday of the 4th Week of Easter Download This Homily

12 may 2019

Sunday of the 4th Week of Easter

 

Acts 13:14, 43-52 ;

 Psalm 100:1-2, 3, 5;

Revelation 7:9, 14-17;

 Gospel JN 10:27-30


Jesus said:
“My sheep hear my voice;
I know them, and they follow me.
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish.
No one can take them out of my hand.
My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all,
and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand.
The Father and I are one.”

  

Good Shepherd

 

In the OT the prophet Ezekiel (34:11-16) had presented Yahweh as the Good Shepherd and had given details of Yahweh’s shepherd-like qualities. Ezekiel also foretold that eventually there would be but one shepherd under whom God’s people increase, multiply, and be united. The NT presents Jesus as the Good Shepherd who fulfills the OT prophesies of God’s shepherding his people. In the Act of the Apostles (13:14, 43-52) we find the decision of Paul and Barnabas to evangelize and shepherd the gentile nations. In the Book of Revelation (7:9, 14-17) we see the vision that the Eternal Lamb shepherding a huge crowd of people from every nation, race, tribe and language.


In today’s gospel passage we see the Jews confronting Jesus about his identity (Jn 10:27-30). Jesus was addressing the members of the Jewish religious establishment inJerusalemon the Feast of Dedication, the annual commemoration of the restoration of theTempleby the Maccabees in 165 BC. The Feast of Dedication was the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. It celebrated the liberation ofJerusalemfrom the reign of the Syrian King Antiochus Epiphanes. Antiochus had defiled the Jerusalem Temple in 167 BC by building an altar to his own gods within the Temple sanctuary (1 Mac 1:54-61) and in 165 BC Judas Maccabeus and his brothers regained control of the Temple and rededicated it to the God of Israel (1 Mac 4:36-58). The Feast recalls this restoration and rededication. The Feast lasts for eight-days and it takes place in the month of December.


The Jews question Jesus’ claim to be the Messiah and Son of God. Jesus answers them that he is the Christ and the Shepherd of the people. As a shepherd he protects the people and will not allow them to perish in sin and condemnation.As a Good Shepherd his purpose is to give eternal life and save the sheep from destruction. We all have sinned and lost the grace of God and the eternal life He has for us. We will not enter heaven if we do not accept Jesus the Good Shepherd who shed his blood as payment for our sins.


Once a soldier was dying on a battle field and asked for a priest to give him absolution and blessing. His colleagues searched for a priest in the neighborhood but could not find one. They expressed their helplessness. Hearing this, a wounded man lying near said: I am a priest. His colleagues approached him. But the priest was too weak to get up and was about to die. They told him: you will be killing yourself if you move from this place in this condition. But the priest replied: “the salvation of a man’s soul is worth more than a few hours of my life”. He crawled to the dying soldier, heard his confession, and gave him absolution and both died at the same time. Good shepherd is duty-bound and he gives eternal life to the sheep. They will never perish even in dangerous situations. No one can snatch them and leave them to perdition.


Jesus the Good Shepherd is different from the political rulers of his time. He knows his people personally whereas the local rulers wish to think only of themselves and do not know the people individually. Temporal kings or rulers can provide for the welfare of subjects in this world only while Jesus the king can give salvation and eternal life to the people. Temporal rulers may function as hired keepers while Jesus is completely committed even to lay down his life for the sheep.


Jesus further clarifies his statement speaking about his relationship with God. He says: the Father is in me and I in the Father. It means the Father and I are one. In other words Jesus is saying that he and the Father are united in the work that they do. Father gives life; Jesus gives life. Father judges; Jesus judges. Father sent his Son to the world. The Son does the works of God and speaks the words of God. Thus in the gospel Jesus identifies himself with the Father.


We may have a tendency to interpret the phrase according to the Trinitarian doctrines developed later. The phrase has to be understood in the context of Johannine theology. Jesus is not saying that he and God are one person, nor of one nature or essence. The Trinitarian doctrine of three persons and one nature was developed in the 3rd and 4th centuries.


Jesus is the Good Shepherd who knows the sheep and gives them eternal life. As the sheep let us try to know the shepherd, listen to his voice, follow him and attain eternal life. As a shepherd let us feed, guard, and tend the sheep. “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, and honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring all of which have the potential to turn a life around” (Leo F Buscaglia).


Fr. Sebastian Mulluparambil CMI


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