Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: May 7, 2017

Good ShepherdThis is the Fourth Sunday of Easter. A world that makes real the loving care of the Good Shepherd must work to put an end to all kinds of abuse that may be endured by God’s people. We must not forget those who have been victims of violence, those who are abused by unjust economic systems, children who are denied a safe environment, good education or proper nutrition, those who work hard for something less than a living wage, women who are denied basic human or economic rights, and all who are abused in any way by the structures of injustice.

As shepherds following in the footsteps of the Good Shepherd, we are asked to seek out, to accompany, to lift up, to bind up the wounds of our time.” (Pope Francis)

We continue our focus on encounter and accompaniment by considering specific ways we can live out our faith through meeting those in need, living in solidarity with them, and taking appropriate action for the common good. This weekend we consider the violence in our own city, how we can accompany our neighbors affected by this tragedy, and work to put an end to violence in our community. “Hands Across Louisville” offers us an opportunity to encounter our neighbors from around the city, especially in the West End, and to accompany those devastated by gun violence. Join people of faith on Saturday, May 13, 2017 in showing our solidarity with our neighbors, and sign up to hold hands 2:00 – 3:00 PM on Epiphany’s block on Broadway!

Like the people in today’s story from Acts who were “cut to the heart,” we are aware of our own failures, personal and communal. Peter says, “Repent.” He says forgiveness and reform is possible and thousands come to salvation. Our church, our nation, and our world can also move toward a new life! As John Paul II once wrote, “Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song.”

The Sunday Readings:

  • Acts 2: 14a &36-41. God made Jesus Lord (Kurios) and Christ (Xristos). You will receive the Holy Spirit. Baptism incorporates us into the body of Christ and brings the gift of the Spirit.
  • 1 Peter 2: 20b-25. You were brought back by the true shepherd – we don’t go anyplace that Christ hasn’t gone before us.
  • Jn 10: 1-10. I am the gate by which the sheep enter to full life. The sheep hear and recognize the voice of the shepherd.

Of Note:

  • Encounter and Accompaniment:
    • This week we focus on gun violence in our city, through Hands Across Louisville hosted by St. Martin de Porres. Join people of faith on Saturday, May 13, 2017 in showing our solidarity with our neighbors, and sign up to hold hands 2:00 – 3:00 PM on Epiphany’s block on Broadway!
    • Last week we heard about CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates - who received an Epiphany Grant this past year! Contact parishioner Nick Temple for more information, or click here to volunteer.
    • April 23, 2017 we learned about Migrant and Refugee services through Catholic Charities. There are many, many opportunities to help! For more information, or to volunteer. Click here for more information.
  • The First Communion Class community welcome celebration is at the 9:00 AM Mass on May 7,2017 followed by a reception. We celebrate this new life in our midst!
  • Thanks to the community for our beautiful Easter garden! We need volunteers to care for it throughout the 7 weeks of the Easter season.
    • Sign up to help in the Connector.
    • Bring potted plants (your name on the pot if you want it returned)
    • Bring cut flowers from your garden in an old jar
  • Spanish Audio is now available at the 11:30 AM Mass on Sunday. You can find the hearing devices by the chapel, separated for hearing assistance and Spanish audio.