2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
St. John chooses very carefully which episodes of Jesus' earthly ministry he records in his gospel. He only writes about seven of Jesus' miracles, he devotes whole chapters to episodes that the other Gospel's hardly speak about and he mentions Our Blessed Lady only twice. When you read something in St. John's Gospel you know this is important. Our Lady appears here at Cana, the beginning of Jesus' public ministry and she appears once more at the end, on Golgotha, standing beneath the Cross. On both occasions Jesus addresses her with profound respect. There is no good equivalent in modern English to the word Jesus uses, Woman is close, but perhaps 'My Lady' would be better...
4th Sunday of Easter
We follow the Good Shepherd because we recognise his voice. It's the voice of our lover. A lover who is so passionate about us that he gives us even his body, his blood, his soul, his very being, in Holy Communion. A lover who wants to give us life, life to the full. Never forget. The most important thing we are given isn't a set of rules, a philosophy, a book, an organisation - we are given a person, Jesus.