< <  

Sunday, May 7, 2006

  > >

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Acts 4:8-12
1 John 3:1-2
Psalm 118
John 10:11-18

View Readings
Similar Reflections


"I am the Good Shepherd. I know My sheep and My sheep know Me in the same way that the Father knows Me and I know the Father." —John 10:14-15

The Bible promises we can know Jesus, that is, have a personal relationship with Him, in the same way that the heavenly Father and God the Son have a personal relationship. By God's grace, we can become "sharers of the divine nature" (2 Pt 1:4) and have a divine relationship with Jesus, the Good Shepherd.

In a divine relationship, there is unity and love that we as human beings can't even imagine (Eph 3:20). In fact, we can't even ask for it since no human words can express this relationship. Paul exclaimed he "was snatched up to Paradise to hear words which cannot be uttered, words which no man may speak" (2 Cor 12:4). He could only say: "Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor has it so much as dawned on man what God has prepared for those who love Him" (1 Cor 2:9). We can't express it in words. We can only say there's so much more.

"Dearly beloved, we are God's children now; what we shall later be has not yet come to light. We know that when it comes to light we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is" (1 Jn 3:2). Let God love and surprise you. You've already had the agony, let the Lord give you ecstasy with Him. Ecstasy is not only for exceptional saints but for all those who let God love them. Ecstasy is for you.

Prayer:  Jesus, I adore You.

Promise:  "This Jesus is 'the Stone rejected by you the builders Which has become the Cornerstone.' There is no salvation in anyone else, for there is no other name in the whole world given to men by which we are to be saved." —Acts 4:11-12

Praise:  Praise the risen Lord, Jesus, King of all heaven and earth, Who is with us.

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 27, 2005

The Nihil Obstat ("Permission to Publish") is a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free of doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil Obstat agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.