Cycle C Fourth Sunday of Easter

The Gentiles were delighted when they heard what Paul had to say and glorified the word of the Lord Without being misogynist it is interesting that the Jews “incited the women of prominence who were worshipers” followed by “the leading men of the city” to create problems for Paul.  When we think of the importance of leadership in faith, the role of women cannot be diminished.  Women were the first to commit their lives to Jesus, in the form o his mother Mary.  It was Veronica who wiped Jesus’ face during his passion.  Mary of Magdalen was the first person to proclaim Jesus’ resurrection.  It also reminds those of us, who are the leading men, have an obligation to provide good leadership, especially in the area of faith.
John continuing his vision from last week mentions the great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands. Are we willing to go through the difficulties a times of distress to assure our presence in this vision, or do we want an “easy faith”?
The Gospel reminds us that his sheep hear his voice; I know them, and they follow me.   Are we willing to follow him, or do we think we know better where to find the ultimate green pastures?

Author: yuengerwv

Retired Catholic Priest

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