4TH SUNDAY OF EASTER
Two old style TV antennas were mounted on the roof of an apartment building. Over time, they fell in love and were joined in marriage. The wedding was OK, but the reception was great.
The long crook of a shepherd is somewhat like an antenna. The crozier sticks up into the sky and seems to pull down security and safety upon the flock. The sheep look to their shepherd, who stands faithfully with them. They know that as long as he is there they will be safe. They know that unlike hired hands, the good shepherd will lay down his life for them.
The bishop’s crozier is a modern symbol that gathers the diocesan flock around him. The faithful know that the bishop calls down the grace of God upon his diocese. Under his pastoral care, all are brought to the wedding of heaven and earth. God’s message becomes a clear picture because “the reception is great.”
Deacon Dick Folger