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4th Sunday of Easter

Posted: May 7, 2022 by CatholicJules in Sunday Reflections
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Shepherd and the Lamb: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Fourth Sunday of Easter 


Acts 13:1443–52

Psalm 100:1–35

Revelation 7:914–17

John 10:27–30

Israel’s mission—to be God’s instrument of salvation to the ends of the earth (see Isaiah 49:6)—is fulfilled in the Church.

By the “Word of God” that Paul and Barnabas preach in today’s First Reading, a new covenant people is being born, a people who glorify the God of Israel as the Father of them all.

The Church for all generations remains faithful to the grace of God given to the Apostles, continues their saving work.

Through the Church, the peoples of every land hear the Shepherd’s voice, and follow Him (see Luke 10:16).

The Good Shepherd of today’s Gospel is the enthroned Lamb of today’s Second Reading. In laying down His life for His flock, the Lamb brought to pass a new Passover (see 1 Corinthians 5:7), by His blood freeing “every nation, race, people and tongue” from bondage to sin and death.

The Church is the “great multitude” John sees in his vision today. God swore to Abraham his descendants would be too numerous to count. And in the Church, as John sees, this promise is fulfilled (compare Revelation 7:9Genesis 15:5).

The Lamb rules from the throne of God, sheltering His flock, feeding their hunger with His own Body and Blood, leading them to “springs of life-giving waters” that well up to eternal life (see John 4:14).

The Lamb is the eternal Shepherd-King, the son of David foretold by the prophets. His Church is the Kingdom of all Israel that the prophets said would be restored in an everlasting covenant (see Ezekiel 34:23-3137:23-28).

It is not a kingdom any tribe or nation can jealously claim as theirs alone. The Shepherd’s Word to Israel is addressed now to all lands, calling all to worship and bless His name in the heavenly Temple.

This is the delight of the Gentiles—that we can sing the song that once only Israel could sing, today’s joyful Psalm: “He made us, His we are—His people, the flock He tends.”

On Today’s Gospel

Posted: May 7, 2022 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

The sad truth today is that many have turned away from God because they think religion is a sham and only works for those who cannot face the reality of life! How many have left the church saying “How can and all loving and merciful God have allowed Covid-19 to overwhelm the whole world?” Such that we can no longer worship together and when we are allowed we are given so many other restrictions which most other churches do not have! How is it that the authorities have different guidelines for different churches? Where are our Shepherds when we need them?  

Do not lose focus or sight on what is truly important! Where is our Christian faith? Did we tire of doing good or giving to charity? Who is our Lord and Saviour? Who shall we go to?  

Jesus is the way, the truth and the life! For we believers know that He has the message of eternal life and He is the Holy One of God. For He has given us peace, love and joy like no other. And through His most precious name, healing, sights and wonders of God still take place this very day. What is done is done, let us move onward towards and encourage one another as we continue our pilgrim journey as One Body in Him. For the Spirit of life has been given to us by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen Alleluia! 

First reading 

Acts 9:31-42 · 

The churches grew and were filled with the consolation of the Holy Spirit 

The churches throughout Judaea, Galilee and Samaria were now left in peace, building themselves up, living in the fear of the Lord, and filled with the consolation of the Holy Spirit. 

    Peter visited one place after another and eventually came to the saints living down in Lydda. There he found a man called Aeneas, a paralytic who had been bedridden for eight years. Peter said to him, ‘Aeneas, Jesus Christ cures you: get up and fold up your sleeping mat.’ Aeneas got up immediately; everybody who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they were all converted to the Lord. 

    At Jaffa there was a woman disciple called Tabitha, or Dorcas in Greek, who never tired of doing good or giving in charity. But the time came when she got ill and died, and they washed her and laid her out in a room upstairs. Lydda is not far from Jaffa, so when the disciples heard that Peter was there, they sent two men with an urgent message for him, ‘Come and visit us as soon as possible.’ 

    Peter went back with them straightaway, and on his arrival they took him to the upstairs room, where all the widows stood round him in tears, showing him tunics and other clothes Dorcas had made when she was with them. Peter sent them all out of the room and knelt down and prayed. Then he turned to the dead woman and said, ‘Tabitha, stand up.’ She opened her eyes, looked at Peter and sat up. Peter helped her to her feet, then he called in the saints and widows and showed them she was alive. The whole of Jaffa heard about it and many believed in the Lord. 


John 6:60-69 

Who shall we go to? You are the Holy One of God 

After hearing his doctrine many of the followers of Jesus said, ‘This is intolerable language. How could anyone accept it?’ Jesus was aware that his followers were complaining about it and said, ‘Does this upset you? What if you should see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before? 

‘It is the spirit that gives life, 

the flesh has nothing to offer. 

The words I have spoken to you are spirit 

and they are life. 

‘But there are some of you who do not believe.’ For Jesus knew from the outset those who did not believe, and who it was that would betray him. He went on, ‘This is why I told you that no one could come to me unless the Father allows him.’ After this, many of his disciples left him and stopped going with him. 

    Then Jesus said to the Twelve, ‘What about you, do you want to go away too?’ Simon Peter answered, ‘Lord, who shall we go to? You have the message of eternal life, and we believe; we know that you are the Holy One of God.’