“I know My sheep!”

This Easter season has been filled with miracles, revelations and works; all to demonstrate the saving power of God.

We see these works through the poorer and in ordinariness of simple living. The sacramental life of the suffering members of our parish show us what it means to be created in the image and likeness of a God Who was born lowly and suffered dishonorably.

By becoming one of us, the Son of God reaches into our bodies and raises them up so that we can become vehicles for human redemption. Jesus, the Good Shepherd understands our struggles, our feelings of alienation and fear, our arrogance and ignorance and still gathers us up like lost sheep and rests us on His shoulders. He carries us to communion with the Father and the Holy Spirit.

My dear friends, Jesus can lead us safely home if we learn to depend on Him. We cannot do it alone. We cannot save ourselves. Only God is the Lord of all life, human beings have no power over Him.

Now is the time to listen for His voice and follow where He leads. Take His hand and allow yourselves to be transformed more greatly into the Christ. The Church needs you to know Jesus, to love Him and to confess His Name with everyone in your family, in your neighborhood, and in the workplace. Jesus is proud to say to the entire world today, “I am the good Shepherd; I know my sheep, and mine know me!”