Doing this Mass gave the celebrant a lesson in humility. I’m not going to share what and if you see it, please I already know. The Sacrament is valid.
One of the main lessons from the readings is the importance of being a model citizen. Of course, obedience to law depends on the wisdom of the law. Folks who abuse scripture might use this as reason why Rosa Parks should have willingly given up her seat on the bus to a white man instead of creating the incident which sparked the bus boycott credited with starting the Civil Rights Movement. Nevertheless, trying to be a good citizen means that the haters and gossips have less to lie about.
Here is an eye-opening pair of readings! The Epistle (attributed St Peter) refers to Jesus as Shepherd and Bishop. Since all apostolic lineage traces to St Peter, that says something because St Peter would be the most likely mortal to be referred to as shepherd and Bishop.
Then the Gospel tells of the difference between a shepherd and the hireling who might watch sheep when the shepherd can’t. And then, also, the statement that he has sheep not of that fold, and they know his voice. And there are all kinds of implications there.
A good time to re-examine what we think we know!
Today, we have the Gospel story of Jesus’ first encounter with the Disciples after his resurrection, and an Epistle reading that complements that story quite well. The Disciples were doubtless wondering what they were to do next, and they are given the answer as well as being equipped to fulfill that.
And there is a time to start doing, isn’t there?