"Can I interrupt? This will just take a minute." It never does. The question requires a much more complex answer. The grocery line is much longer than anticipated. The holes in the panel you were asked to hold up didn't match up with the screws. It never takes "just a minute." The interruption means more of a commitment than you were originally presented with.
Readings: Acts 9:26-31, Ps 22:26-27, 28, 30, 31-32; 1 John 3:18-24, John 15:1-8
Our Easter Season readings remind us that the effects of the Resurrection are on-going and unimaginable. The persecutor of the Church becomes the Apostle to the Gentiles. The community that arose around the beloved disciple continues to read Jesus' command and re-interpret it in their day. And the vine and branches stands as the metaphor of life in Christ, a life in which we are to bear abundant fruit.
Readings: Acts 4:8-12, 50; Ps 118; 1 John 3:1-2; John 10:11-18
If we were playing the familiar TV quiz show, Family Feud, and the question was: "What is the most well known verse of the Bible?" the number one answer would be Psalm 23: "the Lord is my shepherd." It is well known for the tenderness and the consolation that it offers. This fourth Sunday of Easter is sometimes known as "Good Shepherd Sunday" because of the text we hear from John's Gospel where Jesus proclaims: "I AM the good shepherd."