4th Sunday of Easter
22nd April 2018

The Good Shepherd knows us and we know him

Today’s First Reading is taken from Peter’s speech to the Council in Jerusalem, following his and John’s arrest. In it, Peter bears witness to the power of the resurrected Christ by which a man lame from birth was brought back to health. Peter quotes from today’s Psalm 117 (118) to reinforce the point that only by the name of Jesus, the keystone, is salvation possible.

The Second Reading shows St. John encouraging the Christian communities of modern-day Turkey by sharing his own experiences of what he has seen and heard. That the world cannot always understand must not shake our confidence in the love that God has ‘lavished upon us’.

This love is given tangible form in the image of Christ, as presented to us each year in the Gospel of ‘Good Shepherd Sunday’. Not only are we are led to safety, fed, given rest, watched over and brought back if found to be in danger, we are also known, loved and died for.

This week in my prayer, I may like to ask for the grace to know more fully my Risen Lord, the Good Shepherd, who knows me and has the greatest care and compassion for me.

Prayer in preparation for the
Eucharistic Congress 2018 and for Synod 2020
We thank you Father

For the love you have shown us in the gift of Jesus , your Son.

Keep us grateful each day for the blessings that surround us.

As we are fed by you, so now send us out to share what we have received with our hungry brothers and sisters.

We humbly ask your help to become the Church that you are calling us to be: a community that listens, that trusts, that lives with courage and that puts out its nets into new waters.

May the gentle presence of Christ in our hearts be a source of healing, of new life and of a deeper trust in you.

We ask this in faith, through Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
Pope Francis 
Please pray for The Pope and our Shepherds.
God never gives someone a gift they are not capable of receiving. If he gives us the gift of Christmas, it is because we all have the ability to understand and receive it.

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4th Sunday of Easter

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   2018 04 22 Services for the Week.pdf