4th Sunday of Easter

Acts 13:14,43-52; Rev 7:9,14-17; John 10:27-30

What is the difference between a snatcher and a politician? The difference between a snatcher and a politician is this: The snatcher gets the money first and then runs. While the politician runs first and then gets the money.

There are many voices that each person hears each day. The voice of the radio announcer over the radio; the reporter’s voice on television and husbands and wives hear each other’s voices as well as those of their children. Workers hear the voice of their manager. In the midst of so many voices, how can people tell which one they are really hearing? Those voices which are really heard are followed and we could distinguish what type of voices they are. Can we recognize them?

The fourth Sunday during Easter Season is called the Good Shepherd Sunday because the gospel talks about good shepherd who is Jesus. In our gospel today, Jesus said: “My sheep hear my voice, I knew them and they follow me. I give them eternal life and they shall never perish,” (vv. 27-28). But it does mean that we are dumb animals who blindly lead by another. Just like what a lady had said: “I am a person not a sheep,” when she attended a Bible class. The Bible is filled with different forms of literary styles. Like for example: “I am the vine you are the branches” or “fishers of men”. Here in this passage, it means that Jesus loves and cares for us like a shepherd and must trust and follow Him like sheep.

The Gospel text also offers us both comfort and great challenge.  The comforting message is that no one can snatch the sheep out of his Father’s hands.  The challenge is that pastors and lay people alike should be good shepherds to those entrusted to their care.

Jesus is depicted as the Good Shepherd. But the term ‘shepherd’ embraces all who have executive powers and have something to do with administration, direction, management or guidance of people. Everyone who is entrusted with the care of others is a shepherd.  Hence pastors, parents, teachers, doctors, nurses, government officials, etc. are all shepherds.  We become good shepherds by loving those entrusted to us, praying for them, spending our time and talents for their welfare, and guarding them from physical and spiritual dangers.