Fourth Week of Easter: Apr. 17 - 23, 2005
Alexander, Andy, S.J.
Collaborative Ministry Office
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The Fourth Week of EasterThe Fourth Week of Easter gives us a continuing picture of the how the Holy Spirit is guiding the early community. Peter's preaching is full of fire and it is effective in bringing many to baptism.Sunday's gospel begins our reflection on Jesus as the gate, the gate keeper and our shepherd, all from the 10th chapter of the Fourth Gospel. Jesus describes the intimate relationship he has with us: "I know my own and mine know me." We recognize his voice and we follow him. Then from Wednesday on, there are selections from the 12th, 13th and 14th chapters:I came into the world as light,so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness.From now on I am telling you before it happens,so that when it happens you may believe that I AM.Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life.No one comes to the Father except through me."Amen, amen, I say to you,whoever believes in me will do the works that I do,and will do greater ones than these,because I am going to the Father.And whatever you ask in my name, I will do,so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it."All of this leads us to the 5th Sunday of Easter where in the gospel, we hear Jesus console us, asking us to not let our hearts be troubled because he goes only to prepare a place for us and that "No one comes to the Father except through me."