Weekly Bulletin w/b 25th April: Fourth Sunday of Easter

April 23, 2021

Almighty God, whose son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life: raise us, who trust in him, from the death of sin to the life of righteousness, that we may seek those things which are above, where he reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Readings at Mass

1st Reading. Acts 4: 5 – 12

From the earliest days the apostles encountered hostility from the religious leaders just as Jesus had. Even so, the first reading shows Peter fearlessly proclaiming the Resurrection of Jesus. He asserts that the stone they rejected (Jesus) has become the cornerstone of a new building. The Risen Jesus is the Saviour of all and is alive and active in the Church and in the world.

2nd Reading. 1 John 3: 16 – end

John talks about the depth of the love God has shown for us by making us his children. God loves us with the same love with which he loves his own Son. Our future state will be like that of the glorified Jesus. This reading invites us to put our faith into action by loving one another and all in need. In this way our faith is not just a matter of words but of deeds. The Risen Lord abides in us and the communion of Love we enjoy with him spills over into the love we bear to others.

Gospel. St John 10: 11 – 18

The Gospel presents Jesus as the Good Shepherd who knows his sheep intimately and is known by them. Unlike the hireling, he is willing to die to protect his sheep – such is the extent and nature of God’s love for humanity.

Reflection

In the parable of the Good Shepherd and the hireling, Jesus contrasts the said farm labourer with the one who owns the sheep. The hired hand is more concerned about himself than the sheep. But I am no paid labourer, says Jesus. The sheep belong to me and I belong to them. A good shepherd knows his sheep by living with them day and night.

But now Jesus speaks of a deeper kind of knowledge between himself and his sheep – it is like the knowledge between himself and the Father. We remember the description of the to and fro of Love between the Father and the Son (John 5: 19 – 24) – of how the Son can do nothing of himself but simply looks at the Father and whatever he sees the Father doing so he does too – of how the Father holds nothing back for himself but gives everything to the Son. So it is, says Jesus, between the Good Shepherd and his sheep – between me and mine. T hey are in my heart. I see what they are and what they can be and I give them myself. (Stephen Verney)

Sunday Mass

St Gabriel’s is open for Mass each Sunday at 9.30 am. Please contact Keith Rogers – tel 578097 or email keithincockett@gmail.com if you wish to attend.

Wednesday Mass

Mass at 10 am each Wednesday will resume on Wednesday 5th May. Please let Keith know if you wish to attend.

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