Fourth Sunday of Easter

First Scripture Reading
Acts 13: 14, 43-52
Second Scripture Reading
Revelations 7: 9, 14b-17
Gospel Reading
John 10: 27-30

Opening Prayer

Good Shepherd, You are so powerful! You are so gentle! You are the temple of God and invite us into pasture of the Divine Presence. Your call reaches more and more, even though those who were supposed to know Your Voice seem to ignore it. Save us from the narrowness of our own righteousness. You reveal eternal life in the land of promise, where the deserts of persecution and misunderstanding will be refreshed and blossom by the springs of life-giving waters which flow from Your Presence. We will be enthroned in Your Presence and tears will never again sadden our hearts. Teach us never to be jealous of the success of others, especially those who don’t understand. InSpirit us never to destroy, diminish or darken. Make us Your Light which brightens others, created in Your Image and baptized in Your Spirit.

Lord Jesus, today we also celebrate the anniversary of St. Therese’s First Communion.  Remembering how excited she was about this first personal and intimate contact with you, help us always to be as excited about you and as loving of you as she was and is.  Teach us again to appreciate the depth of your love for us and the intimacy of your presence in the Blessed Sacrament and every moment of our day.

Bless our Moms today, and all the women who give us life and nurture us, as a reflection and human expression of Your maternal love for us!

Reading I Acts 13:14, 43-52

Paul and Barnabas continued on from Perga
and reached Antioch in Pisidia.
On the sabbath they entered the synagogue and took their seats.
Many Jews and worshipers who were converts to Judaism
followed Paul and Barnabas, who spoke to them
and urged them to remain faithful to the grace of God.

On the following sabbath almost the whole city gathered
to hear the word of the Lord.
When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy
and with violent abuse contradicted what Paul said.
Both Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and said,
“It was necessary that the word of God be spoken to you first,
but since you reject it
and condemn yourselves as unworthy of eternal life,
we now turn to the Gentiles.
For so the Lord has commanded us,
I have made you a light to the Gentiles,
that you may be an instrument of salvation
to the ends of the earth.”

The Gentiles were delighted when they heard this
and glorified the word of the Lord.
All who were destined for eternal life came to believe,
and the word of the Lord continued to spread
through the whole region.
The Jews, however, incited the women of prominence who were worshipers
and the leading men of the city,
stirred up a persecution against Paul and Barnabas,
and expelled them from their territory.
So they shook the dust from their feet in protest against them,
and went to Iconium.
The disciples were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 100:1-2, 3, 5

R (3c) We are his people, the sheep of his flock.
R Alleluia.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
            serve the LORD with gladness;
            come before him with joyful song.
R  We are his people, the sheep of his flock.
Know that the LORD is God;
            he made us, his we are;
            his people, the flock he tends.
R  We are his people, the sheep of his flock.
R  Alleluia.
The LORD is good:
            his kindness endures forever,
            and his faithfulness, to all generations.
R  We are his people, the sheep of his flock.
R  Alleluia.

Reading II Rev 7:9, 14b-17

I, John, had a vision of a great multitude,
which no one could count,
from every nation, race, people, and tongue.
They stood before the throne and before the Lamb,
wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands.

Then one of the elders said to me,
“These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress;
they have washed their robes
and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

            “For this reason they stand before God’s throne
                        and worship him day and night in his temple.
            The one who sits on the throne will shelter them.
            They will not hunger or thirst anymore,
                        nor will the sun or any heat strike them.
            For the Lamb who is in the center of the throne
                        will shepherd them
                        and lead them to springs of life-giving water,
                        and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”


Alleluia 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.

Gospel Jn 10:27-30

Jesus said:
“My sheep hear my voice;
I know them, and they follow me.
I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish.
No one can take them out of my hand.
My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all,
and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand.
The Father and I are one.”

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