by Fr. Dumisani Vilakati
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First reading: Acts 13: 14, 43-52
Responsorial psalm: Psalm 100
Second reading: Revelation 7: 9, 14b-17
Gospel: John 10: 27-30
With the fourth Sunday of Easter we are invited to look upon Jesus as the Good Shepherd who gives us eternal life. Traditionally this Sunday is also dedicated to the prayer, care and support of vocations, especially to the ordained ministry and religious life.
The theme of a shepherd is quite present in Sacred Scripture. Moses and David, both prominent personalities in the Old Testament, were shepherds. Moses met God and received his vocation whilst looking after the flock of his father in law Jethro (Cf. Ex 3). David also received his vocation and anointing as king whilst he was busy looking after the flock of his father Jesse (1 Sam 16:11). In some societies being a shepherd does not carry much prestige as it is a “smelly” profession. Even for the ancient Egyptians it was simply an abomination to follow animals (Cf. Gen 46:34). It is worth recalling that being a shepherd requires a lot of commitment as animals need daily care. There is no holiday in this profession.
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