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A sharing…. On Easter Sunday 2014

Ever since the 11.15am EC on Easter Sunday, I’ve been recalling how looking through the eyes of the stranger seated in front of me: made the colour of the Easter celebration even more vibrant and alive. 

At first what actually caught my eye about him was that he was dressed in a polo shirt and wore a pair of Bermuda shorts.  Then I thought to myself how sad it is that he probably did not have a deep enough relationship with God, to dress a little bit more reverently especially since it was Easter. Then he started texting on his phone just as the celebration had begun.  I began to suspect that he was not even a believer as I further noticed the extra long finger nail on one of his pinkies. And as I continued to observe him a little, I noticed that he did not follow the normal gestures during the EC except to stand and sit when appropriate.  He continued to text in between the celebration, but at least he did so unobtrusively.  But surprisingly during the consecration of the Eucharist he kept his phone and remained seated quietly.  He stayed all the way to the end of the celebration.

I couldn’t help but wonder what drew him to attend the Easter celebration? Was it our Lord? How strange and yet wonderful it must have been for a stranger to witness the whole celebration? The priest and the altar servers together with some smartly dressed people in procession, the incense, the decorations and the flowers, the joyous singing, the bells, the reverance, the prayers and then the homily. Quite a lot to take in for at least one and a half hours.

Then it dawned on me what if like St Philip I asked him, “do you understand what you saw?” And he were to answer me, “how can I, when I have no one to instruct me?”  what would I have done?

On hindsight, I am quite certain now that I would have at least introduced myself after the Eucharistic celebration and see how it progressed from there. I didn’t get the chance that day as he left swiftly just moments after the procession out.

May 11th 2014 – Fourth Sunday of Easter

Posted: May 10, 2014 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections

Sunday Bible Reflections by Dr. Scott Hahn

What Are We to Do?

Acts 2:14, 36-41
Psalm 23:1-6
1 Peter 2:20-25
John 10:1-10 

Easter’s empty tomb is a call to conversion.

By this tomb, we should know for certain that God has made Jesus both Lord and Messiah, as Peter preaches in today’s First Reading.

He is the “Lord,” the divine Son that David foresaw at God’s right hand (see Psalms 110:1,3; 132:10-11; Acts 2:34). And He is the Messiah that God had promised to shepherd the scattered flock of the house of Israel (see Ezekiel 34:11-14, 23; 37:24).

As we hear in today’s Gospel, Jesus is that Good Shepherd, sent to a people who were like sheep without a shepherd (see Mark 6:34; Numbers 27:16-17). He calls not only to the children of Israel, but to all those far off from Him – to whomever the Lord wishes to hear His voice.

The call of the Good Shepherd leads to the restful waters of Baptism, to the anointing oil of Confirmation, and to the table and overflowing cup of the Eucharist, as we sing in today’s Psalm.

Again on this Sunday in Easter, we hear His voice calling us His own. He should awaken in us the response of those who heard Peter’s preaching. “What are we to do?” they cried.

We have been baptized. But each of us goes astray like sheep, as we hear in today’s Epistle. We still need daily to repent, to seek forgiveness of our sins, to separate ourselves further from this corrupt generation.

We are called to follow in the footsteps of the Shepherd of our souls. By His suffering He bore our sins in His body to free us from sin. But His suffering is also an example for us. From Him we should learn patience in our afflictions, to hand ourselves over to the will of God.

Jesus has gone ahead, driven us through the dark valley of evil and death. His Cross has become the narrow gate through which we must pass to reach His empty tomb – the verdant pastures of life abundant.