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A New Beginning
In our readings from the Gospel according to St Luke and the Acts of the Apostles by the same author, we have an ending and a beginning.
Peace and Conflict
There are two conflicting themes in today’s readings. The Gospel speaks of peace with the First Reading reflecting upon conflict. The absence of conflict is what we most associate with peace but this is not what the gospel refers to; it tells us that Jesus was bestowing on us his final gift, the gift of a peace that the world cannot give.
A different kind of glory
“Now has the Son of Man been glorified, and in him God has been glorified.” Jesus is at the Last Supper with his disciples. Judas has just gone out into the night, to carry out his betrayal of Jesus; selling his friend for thirty pieces of silver. The next day, Jesus will die the shameful death of the Cross. How can he speak of being “glorified?”
One Shepherd and One Flock
Every year, on the Fourth Sunday of Easter, our Gospel readings identify Jesus Christ as the good shepherd who leads us to salvation. However, being part of Christ’s flock is not meant to be a passive role. Jesus calls us to share his work and to be good shepherds to each other. Accordingly, this Sunday is also a special World Day of Prayer for Vocations.