Vol: 44, No.29 4TH SUNDAY OF EASTER ( A) May 07 2017  
The merciful love of the Lord fills the earth; by the word of the Lord the heavens were made, alleluia. (Ps 32:5-6)

Today the Church is celebrating the Good Shepherd Sunday. Jesus the Good Shepherd has laid his life for his flock and has risen from the dead to continue to shepherd the goodness of his flock. This image of a Good Shepherd implies two functions of the Risen Lord in the Christian community: nourishment and protection. A shepherd always leads his flock to the green pasture in order to nourish the sheep well. While doing so he also has to protect it from the attack of the wild animals such as wolf. This means the Good shepherd is the one who shepherds the goodness in his flock. However, many a time we approach others not as good shepherd but as wolves in sheep’s clothing or are led by such false shepherds and meet with tragic ends of our spiritual life. Let us pray for protection from the attack of the evil one. (Pause)

I confess to almighty God/and to you,/my brothers and sisters,/that I have greatly sinned,/in my thoughts and in my words,/in what I have done and in what I have failed to do,/through my fault,/through my fault,/through my most grievous fault;/therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,/all the Angels and Saints,/and you,/my brothers and sisters,/to pray for me to the Lord our God.
Glory to God in the highest...
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. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns...
(The Risen Lord had appointed Peter as the shepherd of his flock. Now he appeals to the people to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus in order to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit).
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (2:14, 36-41)
Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed the multitude, “Let all the house of Israel therefore know assuredly that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brethren, what shall we do?” And Peter said to them, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of yours sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children and to all that are far off, every one whom the Lord our God calls to him.” And he testified with many other words and exhorted them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.
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