St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

What informs each of the readings including the psalm response is conflict.

Today’s Gospel about the good shepherd is in part a response to the Pharisees who had just thrown out the man born blind who was cured by Jesus. The man tried to argue that Jesus could not be a sinner even though he healed on the Sabbath but one who was listened to by God; and, we know God doesn’t listen to sinners. What was the result? They were highly offended because he was trying to teach them. So they threw him out. Jesus compares them to hired men whose only concern for the flock was as a source of income. In contrast, Jesus is the good shepherd who knows the flock and lays down his life for them.

In the reading from the Acts of the Apostles, Peter and John are put in custody overnight and are brought before the Sanhedrin the next day to be examined about a good deed down to a cripple who was able to skip and dance after they cured him in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean, the stone rejected by the builders which has become the cornerstone. Once again the Sanhedrin had no explanation for what had taken place except for their testimony and the man standing in front of them. So they dismissed them and plotted what they might do to them.

In the reading from the 1st Letter of John[1], he proclaims that the world does not know us, followers of the One the world didn’t know either. But, that’s okay, for we are God’s children now, not the world’s. The children of this world seek power, riches, fame, and influence. Something much better awaits us though we don’t know what it is exactly. But we will be like him for we shall see him as he is.

That belief is what motivated the disciples to be so courageous in proclaiming Jesus as Lord and Messiah.

Of course they had to provide for themselves and others who were dependent on them, as we also have to do. They had their everyday worries and problems to face as we do.

But in the end, the resurrection changed all that. They knew, they knew, there was something more.

 4th Sunday of Easter, B18

[1] Read again and again 1 John 3:1-2. It’s both a comfort and a challenge.

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DATE: Mon. Aug 5- Thursday Aug 8  ~  TIME: 9 – 12 daily

WHERE: St John Fisher Hall and grounds

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