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Fourth Sunday of Easter

May 07, 2020

1st Reading: Acts 2:14a, 36-41
Resp. Psalm Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6
2nd Reading: 1 Peter 2:20b-25
Gospel: John 10:1-10

This day is traditionally called Good Shepherd Sunday. Jesus is the Good Shepherd whose voice we hopefully know and follow. But He warns us that we will not follow a stranger's voice. Hopefully the voice of the world and of the devil are strange voices to us but if we listen to them and follow them regularly their voices will be familiar and Jesus's voice will be that of a stranger. We must be friends with Jesus as St. Teresa advises us or else will be led astray.

In the reading from the Acts of the Apostles, St Peter reminded the house of Israel that this Jesus whom they crucified is now their Lord and Master. This was upsetting to them but St Peter had a solution. He asked them to repent and be baptized. This was not something that was forced on them. They willingly saw that this was the way out of their self imposed condemnation.

We too must always repent because the Scriptures tell us that the just man sins seven times a day. We must also forgive and seek forgiveness. This will help us to know the Good Shepherd's voice.

Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD
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