"My sheep know me and I know them." "There is no snatching them from my hand." Today as we celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday, we reflect on what it means to be united with our shepherd, Jesus Christ. Hearing these words in the midst of the Easter Season reminds us that the goal of our lives is -- in the words of the Opening Prayer from today's Mass -- "to follow where our brave shepherd has gone." As the Lord has ascended to heaven, we pray that we may be fully united with him in eternal life one day.
Today we hear about another Resurrection appearance to the disciples. Like the other accounts, this one is not flashy, not dramatic at all. Jesus appears to the disciples in very ordinary ways -- in today's case on the shore, eating breakfast with an incredulous group of disciples.
In the same way, we experience the Risen Lord today in regular, ordinary ways. Through prayer, adoration, the celebration of the Eucharist and other sacraments, a quiet moment shared with a loved one, the experience of forgiving someone or being forgiven, etc., our God comes to us and shares His Presence with us. May we, like the first disciples, recognize His Divine Presence among us and proclaim the Good News to all the world.