A technical note
My desktop crashed in Holy Week. As a consequence, the website has not been updated fully since Lent. The problem has been solved (thank God) without any loss of resources. However, it did force me to recreate www.tarsus.ie
from scratch. In itself, this is not bad — just time consuming. My hope is to upload the refreshed website at some point this week. It may mean that the PDF link will be “out of action” but you can always go directly to the website. The Gospel audio and the zoom lecture are not stored on the website and should be available without interruption. Thanks for your patience.
The Good Shepherd discourse (of which we hear half) is usually treasured because of the warm and caring portrait of Jesus, our shepherd. In the context of John’s Gospel, however, the tone is much more that of judgment on the shepherds’ failure to recognise Jesus as Messiah. The key is to read it in the light of the preceding story, that of the man born blind. John 10:1-21 is a kind of appendix to that, partly inspired by Ezekiel 34. In its literary and historical setting, the discourse is much less comforting — and perhaps we need to hear that today. As a help to going a little deeper, a special Zoom lecture has been prepared (see below).
1. Fourth Sunday of Easter, 3 May 2020
Full notes (PDF)
Gospel notes (audio)
2. Zoom lecture on the Good Shepherd discourse
As an extra help in this strange time of pandemic, I’ve recorded a talk on the Gospel, taking the opportunity to go a bit deeper into passage, attractive and disconcerting in equal measure. All you need to do is click on this link: John 10:1-10. No password is required. The zoom experience has been an eye-opener: the Emmaus lecture was watched well over 700 times.
3. HEARERS OF THE WORD, volume 3
Praying & Exploring the Readings
Easter & Pentecost Year A
The reflections cover the period from Easter
(actually including Trinity Sunday
and Corpus Christi
). There’ll be no chance to bring the book to you, so you might consider getting your own copy. The publishers have kindly offered to send the book to customers post free, for this exceptional period. The link is Messenger Publications
We may be in lockdown for a good deal of Eastertide, so I hoping that you will feel tempted and (worse!) that you will succumb…it is not too late to lay hold of a copy.
4. The homeless
Each year, I undertake one charity cycle — for the homeless. LIke many of you, Peter McVerry is a hero to me. If you’d like to contribute to this year’s Wexford Cycle, then click on this link.
At this stage, it is not certain that the cycle will take place at all — I’ll do it “privately” in the Phoenix Park by going around 14 times to make up the 140km. The target is ambitious —€10k — of which €800 has already been donated. Thanks to all.
Wishing you every blessing and joy this Eastertide,