Readings and Reflection for Sunday April 25, Fourth Sunday of Easter/Good Shepherd Sunday


“There is no other name by which we must be saved.”
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 4: 8-12)

In those days: Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said, “Rulers of the people and elders, if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a cripple, by what means this man has been healed, be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by him this man is standing before you well. This is the stone which was rejected by you builders, but which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

The word of the Lord.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM  Psalm  118: 1 and  5-9.21-23.26 and 28-29 (R. 22)
R/. The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
Or: Alleluia.

Give praise to the Lord, for he is good;
his mercy endures forever.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in man;
it is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in princes. R.

I will thank you, for you have answered,
and you are my saviour.
The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
By the Lord has this been done,
a marvel in our eyes. R.

Blest is he who comes
in the name of the Lord.
We bless you from the house of the Lord.
You are my God, I praise you.
My God, I exalt you.
Give praise to the Lord, for he is good;
his mercy endures forever. R.

“We shall see God as he is.”
A reading from the first Letter of Saint John (1 John 3: 1-2)

Beloved: See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

The word of the Lord.

ALLELUIA John 10:14
Alleluia. I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my own, and my own know me. Alleluia.

“The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.”
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John (John 10:11-18)

At that time: Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hireling and not a shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hireling and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me, as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. And I have other sheep, that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice. So there shall be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life, that I may take it again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again; this charge I have received from my Father.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

Today’s Reflection

Peter tells the elders and the entire Jewish people that, “of all the names give to human beings in the world”, Jesus’ name “is the only name by which we can be saved”.  Name indicates character and identity.  The name ‘Jesus’ means Saviour (cf Matthew 1: 21).  Unfortunately, today people invoke Jesus’ name for promoting all kinds of advertisements.   Scripture says, “At the name of Jesus every knee should bow” in praise to God for saving us through Him (Phil 2:11).  Today is ‘Good Shepherd Sunday’.  Jesus, the Good Shepherd, knows and cares for us intimately and selflessly.  The second reading reminds us of God’s incredible love in making us His children.  We ought to care selflessly for others as Jesus cares for us to prove we are really and truly children of God who “is love” (1 Jn 4:8, 16).


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