All Saints Messenger - April 19, 2018

posted Apr 26, 2018, 1:18 PM by Church Secretary
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Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

This Sunday we have the pleasure of hearing one of our own, Adam Nygren deliver his first sermon. Many of you know (and for those who don't) Adam is in the discernment process discerning a call to the priesthood. He has been forwarded to the diocesan Commission on Ministry and will go on retreat in May. The retreat will move him forward or ask him to do some more study. If he moves on Adam will depart from us for a few months as he joins another faith community as he continues his discernment, and the Church continues theirs.

We have been touched and many of us have been changed by Adam's presence in our community. I encourage you to pray for him and the process.

This coming Sunday  is often called "Good Shepherd Sunday." In our reading for today Jesus begins by calling himself the Good Shepherd, alluding to Ezekiel 34:11ff. According to Jesus, a good shepherd stands apart from a hired hand, because the shepherd is willing to give up their life for the sheep. This willingness to sacrifice is rooted in the love and care the shepherd feels for the ones the shepherd tends to. The sheep trust the shepherd because they know the shepherd. Jesus, our good shepherd, promises to lead us into green pastures--to give us the safety and freedom to enjoy them without fear, while he stands by to protect us. This freedom is pure grace for us. We, like sheep, do nothing to earn the sacrificial love of our good shepherd, who lays down his "life for us "of the shepherd's own accord."

Shepherding God, thank you for the freedom you have given us through your son, our Good Shepherd. We pray for all those in our world who live in fear, that Jesus' loving and guiding presence would be a constant source of peace and strength. Amen.

See ya Sunday!

Fr. Gary+