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Vol: 45, No.28 4TH SUNDAY OF EASTER ( B) April 22 2018  
The merciful love of the Lord fills the earth; by the word of the Lord the heavens were made, alleluia. (Ps 32:5-6)
Following the biblical tradition of presenting God as the Shepherd of his people, John the Evangelist presents Jesus as the Good Shepherd. Previously, prophets like Jeremiah and Ezekiel presented God as the Shepherd of his people. It is only fitting that God’s Son would call himself the Good Shepherd. Jesus not only calls himself the Good Shepherd but also expresses his willingness to lay down his life for his sheep. There is no bigger sacrifice a shepherd can make than to die protecting his sheep from wild animals and miscreants. Jesus died on the cross to save us for there is salvation in no one else. What is the relationship between us and our Good Shepherd, Jesus? (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 ...
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....
(In this speech Peter boldly affirms that the name of Jesus is the only one name under heaven by which human beings will be saved).
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles (4:8-12)
Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “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 head of the corner. 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
PSALM (118)
Response: The stone which the builders rejected has become the corner stone.
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