April 25, 2021 - 4th Sunday of Easter
“The stone rejected by the builders has become the corner stone.”
Acts of the Apostles 4:8-12
First Letter of Saint John 3:1-2
Gospel According to John 10:11-18
by Sister Jane Hibbard, SNJM
Have we ever been more ready to welcome spring? The flowers all seem brighter and the birdsong richer, or is it just that we are more attuned to them because of the recent ice storm? Yet another reminder that nature will have her way.
Just notice….pay attention to all that God is saying in these events. And reflect on the words in today’s liturgy.
The entrance antiphon for the fourth Sunday of Easter is, "The merciful love of the Lord fills the earth, by the word of the Lord the heavens were made.” Peter proclaims in the first reading, "Jesus is the name by which we are to be saved." And in the First Letter of John, “We are God’s beloved children NOW!” Listen to those words with your ears, mind and heart!
I am the Good Shepherd. I KNOW mine and mine know me. The Gospel is rich in invitation to let God be God for us.
Lectio Divina is the practice of pondering and delighting in the word of God in quiet reflection. Take some time with the scripture today to see how God is speaking personally to you. Notice what catches your mind and heart. To be present to the word of God is to invite grace into your day.
The Resurrection is fresh in our experience. We are anticipating Pentecost. How is God calling you in this season of your life? Are you living a resurrected life? And get outside to taste, see, smell the goodness of our great God. Go see those limbs that were encrusted in ice just a few months ago and look to see how they blossom! May the pondering of the word of God cause fresh insights to blossom in you!
From the Rule of St. Benedict
"Let us open our eyes to the light that comes from God
And our ears to the voice from heaven that every day
Calls…Come and listen to me!" Prologue 9-12
"I am the good shepherd, says the Lord
I know my sheep, and mine know me." John 10:14