Sunday, April 22, 2018

Good Shepherd

In today's Gospel, Jesus names himself Good Shepherd, assigning to himself a favorite image from the Old Testament to describe God's love and concern for his chosen people. Thus Jesus proclaims himself the Promised One - who lays down his life for his sheep, the One who has "power to lay it down, and power to take it up again."

In this morning’s homily Fr. Isaac pointed to the astounding truth of Jesus’ resurrection – once dead after being brutally tortured and crucified, he is alive forever. The healing of the crippled man in the passage from Acts is accomplished through the invocation of the holy name of Jesus, revealing the power of his resurrected presence.