Orbiting Dicta

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Today has traditionally been referred to as Good Shepherd Sunday.  And for good reason.  The gospels read at mass in all three years of the liturgical cycle focus on Jesus as the true shepherd, the real Shepherd of Israel.  Today’s passage questions us about the quality of pastoral leadership.  I couldn’t help but relate it to the desperate search for the young school girls who were abducted in Nigeria, and a number of other recent events make this theme particularly appropriate today, not least the unprecedented canonization of two popes in the presence of two living popes.