Fourth Sunday of Easter ~ May 12, 2019

May 9, 2019

My Dear Parish Family,

When we say something is out of our hands, we mean we have no control over a situation, no power to influence its direction, or shape its outcome. When we wash our hands of something, we free ourselves of any connection with it. When we hand over responsibility, we entrust it to another. In all these examples, the image of “hand” represents ourselves in relation to someone or something else. In the Gospel Jesus uses the image “hand” to reassure us that nothing can destroy his relationship with us.

The Gospel and this Good Shepherd Sunday promise that the risen Jesus never abandons us, never stops speaking to and guiding us, never hands us over to another power. Rather, he takes us by the hand, holds us firmly and lovingly, and leads us to fullness of life – communion with him and the Father.

In Christ’s Peace,

Fr. Walter