4th Sunday in Easter Year A

Published on 02 May 2017
A shepherd with his flock.

Almighty ever-living God,

lead us to a share in the joys of heaven,

so that the humble flock may reach

where the brave Shepherd has gone before.

The merciful love of the Lord fills the earth; by the word of the Lord the heavens were made, alleluia. Entrance Antiphon

The whole house of Israel can be certain that God has made this Jesus whom you crucified both Lord and Christ. First Reading, Acts 2: 14

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. Psalm 23:1

You had gone astray like sheep but now you have come back to the shepherd and guardian of your souls. Second Reading, 1 Peter 2:25

I am the gate. Anyone who enters through me will be safe. Gospel, John 10:9

The fourth Sunday after Easter is traditionally known as ‘Good Shepherd Sunday’. For those of us who live in rural areas, a shepherd and his dog are a familiar sight. In the Middle East, however, a shepherd does not use dogs, he walks ahead of the flock and the sheep follow him. They recognise his voice.I become still and take time to reflect on the presence of God all around me, within me. I listen intently: 

Among the many voices speaking to me in my heart, do I recognise his voice calling me? I take time to tell him how I feel today as one trusted friend speaks to another. I look at the path he is showing me, inviting me to follow him, and offering me the protection of his arms. What response do I make? Finally, I bring my prayer to a close and give glory to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.