The Parishioners of Corpus Christi, Toronto

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Fr Prasanth's Reflection for the 4th Sunday of Easter

Wishing you all a blessed Sunday!

 

Jesus the Good Shepherd

 

Today is Good Shepherd Sunday (Jn.10: 1-10). All the readings point to the powerful image of Christ, the Good Shepherd. “Good Shepherd” is one of the titles for Christ and early Christian paintings and statues presented Christ as the Good Shepherd carrying the lost sheep on his shoulders. It characterizes the nature of His leadership and authority, which are essential for love, care, service, and self-sacrifice. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, reminds us of Psalm 23 which sings of the happiness, peace, and well-being of all of us, the flock, and the people of God. As sheep are precious to the shepherd, we are precious to God as we are created in His own image.

 

Mutual knowledge is the core of the relationship between the shepherd and the sheep. The shepherd-sheep relation is reciprocal, complementary and personal. It is this personal relationship that makes us to hear to His voice: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Mt.11:28-30). It is this personal relationship that binds us all with Jesus and with one another. The green pasture mentioned in Psalm (23) is the community of the faithful united around Jesus. Is not this personal love relation that made Jesus walk on the troubled waters to join His disciples? We are not alone.  The loving, caring and nurturing Good Shepherd is with us. In response to the caring invitation of Jesus on the verge of the sinking of the boat of Peter and his life in danger, “Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus”. He who invited Peter to come to him on the waves is with us. Amidst our challenging journey, particularly at this time of fear and anxiety caused by the pandemic, we are not alone.

 

Jesus the Good Shepherd will watch over us constantly.  He will keep us nourished and protected from what may hurt, injure, damage, and put our danger.  He is the Gate we pass through while He continues to care for us at each moment of our earthly life. Can we see Him? Can we see His footprints when He walked with us while we were walking along with heavy hearts of sadness and disappointments? We may recall the beautiful poem: “Footprints in the Sand” He has carried us at those times we were in pain, in trouble, in difficulties. He has carried us as the Shepherd carries the sheep.

 

Pope Francis on Good Shepherd

“Jesus, Good Shepherd, and door of the sheep, is a leader whose authority is expressed in service, a leader who, in order to command, gives his life and does not ask others to sacrifice theirs. One can trust in a leader like this, as the sheep who heed their shepherd’s voice because they know that with him one goes to good and abundant pastures. A signal, a call suffices, and they follow; they obey; they begin to walk, guided by the voice of the One whom they feel as a friendly presence, strong and mild at once, who calls, protects, consoles and soothes”

 

How to make an Act of Spiritual Communion

Spiritual Communion is a way to be united with Christ when we cannot physically receive the Body and Blood of Christ in the Eucharist. It can be made at home or in church, in front of the Blessed Sacrament or not.

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.

I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,

come at least spiritually into my heart.

I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.

Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

                                                                                                 

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A big thank you to each and everyone of you for your generous donation in this difficult time. Gratefully appreciate your commitment to the parish. All various ways that you chose to make your donations is encouraging, and it help us very much in our day to day operations.  Thank you so very much.

 

We request - if you are able - to prayerfully consider supporting the financial needs of the parish during these unique times. Please feel free to drop off your offertory envelopes at the rectory or choose another option to donate at: https://corpuschristito.archtoronto.org/news-events/news-archives/parish-news/pastors-message

 

May God bless you for your generosity.

Last updated by Corpus Christi Web Admin May 17.

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Rev. Prasanth George Varambinakathu, CMI

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