Fr. Raymond Gramata, Pastor
April 26, 2015
From your Pastor,
Today is referred to as Good Shepherd Sunday. This is because of today’s Gospel of Saint John which begins with: “I am the Good Shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” All of us are called to be Good Shepherds in different ways. Mine is through the gift of Priesthood that God called me to and yours is through the state of life (vocation) that God has placed you in. The duty of both is to proclaim Christ has died, Christ is risen, and Christ will come again. Each of us is called to witness our faith in our daily lives. We come to church to be fed, and what we gain from church, we are called to live out in our daily lives. You and I are caught in a struggle with evil; the world wants us to remain silent. But we must not. We don’t have to shout it out from a street corner, but simply live it out on a daily basis.
For example: My nephew, Mark, when his boys were four and seven they were swearing in the house. When Mark went to correct them for swearing, he too was swearing. So, as I happened to be visiting, I stopped Mark in his tracks for swearing. He tried to correct me, but I said to him - you are being a bad example. His comeback was that he was an adult and that gave him permission to do it. I simply told him no. You and I can look all “holy” in church, but what we do outside of church resonates much louder. For reflection, Blessed Pope Paul VI says this: “Modern man listens more to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses”.
Also, on Good Shepherd Sunday, we have a second collection for the retired priests of the Erie Diocese. The importance of this collection is that it helps many of the retired priests who may find themselves in a difficult situation. All of the money collected stays in our diocese for the benefit of our priests. Think of the many priests who served here at Saint Bernard and also, the many priests who came forth from this parish. Continue to pray for them and support them. Practice being a Good Shepherd to your family by showing them how to give.