Jesus works for his Father in saving our souls Print E-mail
Written by Sharon K. Perkins   
April 26, 2015
Fourth Sunday of Easter

Acts 4:8-12
Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28-29
1 John 3:1-2
John 10:11-18

I’ve heard people voice some common misconceptions about small-business owners.

Some of these comments include: they don’t have to work hard because they have employees to do the work for them; they can take time off whenever they want; they can work fewer hours than their hirelings; they can command a larger salary with impunity.

Talk to the business owner, however, and you get a different story.

While the owner has the most to gain, he or she also has the most to lose.

If an employee doesn’t show up for work, it’s the owner who takes up the slack. The owner works long hours with no overtime pay so that the business will turn a profit, and if income isn’t sufficient to meet payroll, the owner depletes his own savings or takes a cut in pay to cover the shortfall.

The owner, having the most “skin in the game,” goes to incredible lengths to protect his or her investment. The employee works for a paycheck — the owner works for the company.

Jesus makes this contrast in today’s Gospel when he compares the good shepherd to a hired man who doesn’t own the sheep.

The shepherd/owner has the most to gain and the most to lose, whereas the hired hand can choose to save his own skin by leaving the sheep vulnerable to attack.

Jesus, the Good Shepherd, views us not simply as mindless sheep to be rescued, but as beloved children of God to be treasured and protected. He has invested his total self in our welfare and as a pledge toward our eternal destiny.

During the Easter season, we celebrate a Lord and Savior who doesn’t work for himself but for his Father, and who has quite literally demonstrated the Father’s extraordinary love and mercy by putting his own skin — body, blood, soul, and divinity — into the game with the highest stakes of all.

Having willingly laid down his life for his sheep at Calvary, he continues to do so until all his scattered sheep are safe under his care.

This column is offered in cooperation with The North Texas Catholic of Fort Worth, Texas.

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Pope's Prayer Intentions: April 2015 Print E-mail
April Universal Intention

Ecology and Justice. That governments may foster the protection of creation and the just distribution of natural resources.

April Evangelization Intention
Hope for the Sick. That the Risen Lord may fill with hope the hearts of those who are being tested by pain and sickness.
Holy Days of Obligation Print E-mail

The following are Holy Days of Obligation for 2015.

Holy Days of Obligation Description
Wednesday, Jan. 1
Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God
Thursday, May 14
Ascension Thursday
Saturday, Aug. 15
Solemnity of the Assumption (abrogated because it falls on Saturday)
Sunday, Nov. 1
All Saints
Tuesday, Dec.8
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Thursday, Dec. 25
Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)
Lenten Regulations Print E-mail

Catholics who have celebrated their 14th birthday are to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, all Fridays in Lent, and Good Friday.

In addition to abstaining from meat, Catholics who have celebrated their 18th birthday, until they celebrate their 59th birthday, are to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Those who are bound to this regulation may eat only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted if necessary to maintain strength according to one's needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted.

These minimal penitential practices should not be lightly excused.

For more information, including resources for penance around the diocese, click here.