This Weeks Scripture Readings

April 21, 2024
Fourth Sunday of Easter

Acts 4:8-12
Psalm 118
1 John 3: 1-2
John 10: 11-18

Good Shepherd Sunday

Have any of you ever met a shepherd?

Where we live, Oakland Park and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, we are not very agrarian or pastoral. We do not raise vegetables or livestock. Perhaps it is difficult to relate to the image of shepherd. Yet, many of you own pets and surely know you must take care of them. They are dependent on you. Their quality of life depends on you.

Well, God has great concern for all His creation, especially we human beings. God the Father has given His Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit that flows from both of them. The Holy Spirit keeps on guiding us through the One, Holy, Apostolic Church.

The Father’s love is extended to all. It was incarnate in Jesus. Now the Church guided by the Holy Spirit continues to do God’s mercy. This is seen in the Acts of the Apostles.

God’s power to make people whole is given to us. We are to use it well. Making things whole extends to all of God’s creation, all of nature. It is logical to extend God’s work to others at all times. The obligation to do so is not limited.

The second reading teaches we are to take Jesus’s values to heart and make them our own. The world will not necessarily understand the way of God. Thus, we may be misunderstood and be rejected by worldly people. It is difficult, even for us, to have a full vision and understanding of all revelation. But, we can rest assured through faith in God there will be good outcomes to all efforts made in God’s way.

When it comes to thinking of God as the Good Shepherd the following thought comes to me. When I really want good service or the resolution to some earthly matter I ask to see the owner of the shop. Well, think of the Good Shepherd, God, as the owner of the shop. He has the ultimate concern and desire for all things He has created to reach their fullest potential. He constantly calls all creatures, especially us, to His way. God wishes to make all things right and whole.

Sheep come to know the shepherd’s voice. Know it, then. Listen closely for it. When you discern His voice and follow His way you will be on the road to a much fuller life. Further, once you are following the Lord, shepherd others to Him. These might be your family members, friends, and people you minister to in some apostolate of the parish church. Shepherds facilitate justice and right relationship with God and others. As you share in God’s life you can do this too.

So, come to know God and know His people too. Knowing God is an intimate matter and thus can be quite edifying. As you are edified shepherd others, giving yourself to God and them. The quality of life will be better for all.

Peace and blessings,
Father Bob

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April 21, 2024
Fourth Sunday of Easter

Reading I
Acts 4:8-12
Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said:
"Leaders of the people and elders:
If we are being examined today
about a good deed done to a cripple,
namely, by what means he was saved,
then all of you and all the people of Israel should know
that it was in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean
whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead;
in his name this man stands before you healed.
He is the stone rejected by you, the builders,
which has become the cornerstone.
There is no salvation through anyone else,
nor is there any other name under heaven
given to the human race by which we are to be saved."

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 29
R. (22) The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his mercy endures forever.
It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to trust in man.
It is better to take refuge in the LORD
than to trust in princes.
R. (22) The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me
and have been my savior.
The stone which the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
By the LORD has this been done;
it is wonderful in our eyes.
R. (22) The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD;
we bless you from the house of the LORD.
I will give thanks to you, for you have answered me
and have been my savior.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
for his kindness endures forever.
R. (22) The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.

Reading II
1 Jn 3:1-2
See what love the Father has bestowed on us
that we may be called the children of God.
Yet so we are.
The reason the world does not know us
is that it did not know him.
Beloved, we are God's children now;
what we shall be has not yet been revealed.
We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him,
for we shall see him as he is.

Jn 10:14
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I am the good shepherd, says the Lord;
I know my sheep, and mine know me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

The Gospel
Jn 10:11-18
Jesus said:
"I am the good shepherd.
A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
A hired man, who is not a shepherd
and whose sheep are not his own,
sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away,
and the wolf catches and scatters them.
This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep.
I am the good shepherd,
and I know mine and mine know me,
just as the Father knows me and I know the Father;
and I will lay down my life for the sheep.
I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold.
These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice,
and there will be one flock, one shepherd.
This is why the Father loves me,
because I lay down my life in order to take it up again.
No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own.
I have power to lay it down, and power to take it up again.
This command I have received from my Father."

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