Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Your Catholic Sunday Homily Minute - Third Sunday of Easter

From the Desk of Father Mark, Your Catholic Sunday Homily Minute

My Dear People,

Jesus The Gate To Abundant Life

Jesus tells us in the Gospel today, "I am the Sheep Gate." The gate going into the fold was a way to oversee the fold itself. It was also the entry way into the safety of the group. The gate was the only way in and out of the protective pasture. Our Lord is constantly watching over us. Like the shepherd at the gate, Jesus is always going after the lost sheep. They hear and heed His Voice.

When the "gates" of Heaven were closed by Adam and Eve's sin, the Lamb of Sacrifice, Jesus Christ, opened them up again. Jesus is our NEW GATE. Like the walled city of Jerusalem fitted with gates, Heaven too has a protected entry. Jesus is the only avenue into Heaven. Jesus is our source of abundant Life. Jesus is our constant hope. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life of the Church.

May we faithfully follow Jesus and not be led astray by materialism, greed or personal gain.

Entrusting you to the care of Our Lady,

Fr. Mark

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