Sunday Reflection: On this Fourth Sunday of Easter, we encounter the Good Shepherd who is really the beautiful or noble shepherd who knows his flock intimately. In all three liturgical cycles the Fourth Sunday of Easter presents a passage from John’s Gospel about the Good Shepherd.
This ideal image of the shepherd finds its fulfillment in Jesus Christ. Today’s Gospel passage presents to us one of the deepest mysteries of the human spirit. Faith, the ability to hear and to follow a call, is a gift to Jesus and a gift to the followers of Jesus. Why are some capable of hearing that which leads to faith? Why are some capable of recognizing the Father in the words of Jesus? The only answer presented is that faith is a gift. Our God and his Son are shepherds that care for us and know us and even love us in our stubbornness, deafness and diffidence. Do we really rejoice in hearing the voice of the Good Shepherd?
Rector’s Corner: I would like to thank you all for supporting our spring potluck fellowship last night. Special thanks to James and Jaithra for sharing the work they do for their home parish in India. It was indeed a blessing for St. Michael’s to know more about your mission and ministry as one big Christian family in this world.
The 117th Synod of the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster will be on May 26 and 27 in Vancouver. Our brother, Tony Picher, is our official Synod delegate. If you have concerns related to the life and works of our parish, please get in touch with Tony. Our hope is to take these concerns to Synod. I also ask you to pray for our Bishop, The Right Reverend Melissa Skelton, and all delegates to Synod as we continue to discern God’s calling to our ministry.
This year’s Tri-Parish Eucharist and Picnic will be on June 18th at Bear Creek Park. Come and Join us for a day of prayer, food and fun!