“Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep” (Luke 15:6)
On This Date…
On June 3, 1134, Pentecost Sunday, Saint Norbert received the Sacrament of the Sick. He encouraged those around his bed to be people of faith and patience. He died three days later at age 54.
On June 3, 1963, Pentecost Monday, Saint John XXIII died in the Vatican at 7:49 PM at age 81, just after Mass for him was completed in Saint Peter’s Square; he said, “My bags are packed and I am ready to go.” Pope John, who had cancer for a year, was able to preside at the opening of Vatican Council II the previous October 11th.
On June 3, 2016, at Mass today we hear Jesus speak of a shepherd who said, “Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep”. Saint Norbert and Saint John XXIII were good shepherds who found joy in caring for God’s people.
– Father McLaughlin