FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER 

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First Reading: Acts 2: 14a, 36-41

Responsorial Psalm: 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6

Second Reading: 1 Peter 2:20b – 25

Gospel Reading: John 10: 1 – 10

Reflection: This is the Good Shepherd Sunday and the church has designated it as the World Day for Vocations. As the church community, we join in prayer that God will bless us with abundance of many and holy bishops, priests, deacons, and religious men and women to work in His vineyard. In today’s Gospel reading Jesus says: “I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my sheep, and mine know me.” In the Responsorial Psalm we recited famous Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.” And both in the First and Second readings apostle Peter is taking the lead after Pentecost to witness the Gospel of Christ to all people and invites them to conversion. Peter follows the shoes of Good Shepherd to feed God’s flock with words of eternal life. Jesus came into the world to redeem us from sin. He loved us to the full. He taught us words of eternal life that we too may be nourished and possess divine life. Jesus died on the cross for our salvation. It is our prayer that God of all glory will send us abundant of holy bishops, priests, deacons, and religious who are ready to carry the Gospel to the ends of earth.  We are Easter people and our song is Alleluia! Fr. Severine