National Catholic Reporter offers a complete liturgical cycle of commentary, planning and prayer resources originally published in Celebration, the pastoral and worship planning resource which served readers from 1972 until 2019.
If you wanted to name the three most important events of your life, how would you go about choosing them? Your birth is an obvious first. But after that, what criteria would you use to select the others? Most of us would probably pick major transition points, choices that, as Robert Frost wrote, seemed to make all the difference.
To dream the impossible dream, to fight the unbeatable foe, to bear with unbearable sorrow, to run where the brave dare not go.” In “The Man of La Mancha,” Don Quixote sang those words in his imaginary role as the chivalrous hero to Dulcinea, the lady of the court he had invented for his dream quest. His idealistic song ends with the idea that if he is true to his quest, the world will be better because one man “strove with his last ounce of courage … to reach the unreachable star.” Of course, Don Quixote was crazy.
The Fourth Sunday of Easter always celebrates Christ as the Good Shepherd. In spite of the comforting image of Christ as Shepherd, today’s Scriptures indicate that hearing the voice of the shepherd requires discernment, and that his followers can expect to receive the same treatment as he did.
In John’s Gospel, Jesus had turned what we popularly call the Last Supper into an occasion to teach his disciples at length. The last meal Jesus shared with his disciples was not that supper, but this breakfast he prepared for them on the shore.