Are you savoring the graces of this Easter season? Do you follow the Risen Jesus with deep love and gratitude for all that has impacted our lives because of his life, death and resurrection? In today’s Gospel Jesus connects the Shepherd of the sheep to the Gate through which the sheep must pass. He is The Shepherd; He is The Gate. John concludes with the statement “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.” We have that life. Ignatian spirituality inspires us to recognize and to be grateful for God’s presence in our lives. With prayer and practice, we learn how to use our ears to hear and eyes to see what will lead us to a deeper relationship with our loving Lord. We turn our hearts to God in prayer; we listen with our hearts and follow the Shepherd.
I find such meaning and comfort in Psalm 23, as we hear the musical phrases of this Responsorial Psalm: 'Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants, beyond my fears, from death into life.' It's important to me that I have hope and to maintain a measure of optimism that there is life beyond this pandemic, even if it might never be exactly as it was. We are in uncertainty; we are in sacrifice. But we are still, and always will be, in the care of The Shepherd. Lead us, Lord, out of this darkness!