22nd April 2018 Fourth Sunday of Easter “Good Shepherd Sunday”

Dear Friends,

The image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd and the Lamb of God is to be found in all schools of thought and art in the Christian church. It originates from today’s Gospel and speaks of how Jesus saw himself as the one who leads the flock who belong to him. This is a huge step from the opening lines of John’s Gospel 1-1 

                                                “In the beginning was the Word:

                                                The word was with God

                                                And the word was God.”

“The Word” who existed before time began was Jesus who was revealed as an infant in time and his mission was ‘to call’, come follow me” and to give us the means to do that. So he was a teacher who led by word and example and asks us to do likewise. We are to be shepherds to one another in the journey of life. All baptised and confirmed people have this mission to personally see Jesus as the way to live our lives and help one another. I think it would not be unreasonable to say in the understanding we have, the vocabulary we use and particularly the structures that condition our way of operating e.g. the church is largely rules led, do this, do that, don’t do this, don’t do that etc etc, we are at an early stage in the evolutionary process of being able to articulate the call of the Good Shepherd. So, we keep trying and I particularly encourage you to take opportunities that will arise from time to time to develop or rediscover the Gospel call.

 

  • Website Refresh Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help with the website refresh – we still need more people to help, so if you are able to would you please email your details to simon@simon-johnson.com .  If you would like to help out or email webmaster@olqh.com with any photographs you have to show the parish community (you can send them at any time!)

 

  • I had a wonderful visit to Rome last week with members of my family. My brother Con had it very well organised and all we had to do was not to get lost.

God Bless

Fr John


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