4th Week of Easter

Jesus called Himself the Good Shepherd who would lay down His life to protect the sheep. Eventually, He said, there will be just one flock. Looking at it another way, Jesus described heaven as a house with many dwelling places. Nevertheless, in the Acts of the Apostles, we see divisiveness. Saint Paul incurred the anger of the Jews by explaining that the “chosen people” heard the Word first, but that didn’t guarantee them eternal life. In the Resurrection of Jesus, God had fulfilled His promises to the ancient Israelites. The Apostles and the Church proceeded to welcome anyone, Jew or Gentile, to believe. Does our worldview reflect belief that God wants people in every earthly dwelling, from tent to high-rise tower, to come to a place prepared for them in heaven?