Acts 9:36-43 and St. John 10:22-30
“I have told you, and you do not believe.” With these words, Jesus answered those who stood with him in the Temple Portico and asked, “Are you the Messiah? If you are, tell us plainly.”
“You do not believe,” Jesus tells them, “because you do not belong to my sheep. My sheep hear my voice.”
Our son, Patrick, is about to graduate from college and it is his intention to enter seminary and seek ordination to the priesthood. In order to do that, of course, he needs the blessing of his bishop and so he is going through a process the church calls “discernment”. This is actually a process every Christian is called to put into practice on a daily basis, and today’s lessons can be the starting point for learning how to do that.
The first reading set forth in the Lectionary is the story of St. Peter’s visit with Dorcas who is raised from the dead by the power of God. We are told that her name is Tabitha or, in Greek, Dorcas. I always wondered why this woman would have a different name in Greek than in Aramaic or Hebrew, so in my preparation for this morning, I did a little etymological sleuthing and learned that both “Tabitha” (in Hebrew) and “Dorcas” (in Greek) mean “wild goat.”
Read the rest of this sermon here: Sermon for Easter 4 (April 29, 2007)