Category: Fourth Week

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“FOR THIS IS ETERNAL LIFE, TO KNOW YOU THE ONLY TRUE GOD, AND THE ONE YOU SENT, JESUS CHRIST” (John 17:3)

⏰Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter (28 April 2018) 📖Acts 13:44-52; Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4 (R.v.3cd); John 14:7-14 The Gospel of John cannot get tired of calling us into faith in Jesus as that is its primary project. Believing in Jesus is more important than our comfort since that is what guarantees eternal life for us (cf. John 20:31). You can then see that, in John’s Gospel, most of the works that Jesus did among the people are called SIGNS and not MIRACLES. They are signs that should point out the divinity of Jesus to us (see John 14:11)....

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“I CAME THAT THEY MAY HAVE LIFE” (John 10:10)

⏰Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter (23 April 2018) 📕Acts 11:1-18; Ps 42:2-3, 43:3, 4,(R. Mark 42:3ab); John 10:1-10 As we enter yet another working week and continue our pilgrimage of faith here on earth, the message of Jesus as the good shepherd is continued today in order to remind us that with him by our side, we shall lack nothing. The picture that is painted in John 10:1-10 is one that presents the Good Shepherd as one who provides and protects. The sheepfold is a place of safety for the sheep. The Israelites normally make use of a...

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“THE GOOD SHEPHERD LAYS DOWN HIS LIFE FOR THE SHEEP (John 10:11)

⏰FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER (YEAR B – GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY) 📕Acts 4:8-12; Ps 118:1 and 8-9, 21-23, 26 and 28-29 (R.v.22); 1 John 3:1-2; John 10:11-18 Take a short trip back to the Old Testament. Most of the people that God appointed as leaders of Israel were professional shepherds: Jacob, Moses, David, etc. Apart from the fact that sometimes, sheep are stubborn and so need a man of patience, they are equally fragile and so need devoted protection. A good shepherd is always ready to lay down his life for the sake of his sheep (see 1 Sam 17:34-36). See...

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“DO WHATEVER HE TELLS YOU” (John 2:5)

⏰Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter (13 May 2017 – Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima) ????Acts 13:44-52; Ps 98:1, 2-3ab, 3cd-4 (R.v.3cd); John 14:7-14 Today is a very important day in the life of the Church. Today is exactly the centenary anniversary of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the 3 shepherd kids at Fatima. To mark this celebration, the Pope shall canonise two of those kids – Jacinta and Francisco today. The message of our Lady to the kids had been summarised into three – repentance, prayer and penance. She preached the conversion of the...

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“LET NOT YOUR HEARTS BE TROUBLED” (John 14:1)

⏰Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter (12 May 2017) ????Acts 13:26-33; Ps 2:6-7, 8-9, 10-12a (R.v.7bc); John 14:1-6 In two days to come, precisely on Sunday, we shall have the privilege of hearing Jesus say that to us once more. He goes on to reassure us that once we place ourselves in him, we can be rest assured that all would be fine again. He tells us, “Let your hearts not be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me” (John 14:1). Indeed, St. Paul tells us in 2 Cor 5:17 that, “anyone who is in Christ is a...

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“I WILL SING FOREVER OF YOUR MERCIES, O LORD” (Ps 89:2)

⏰Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter (11 May 2017) ????Acts 13:13-25; Ps 89:2-3, 21-22, 25 and 27 (R.v.2a); John 13:16-20 Even if the only thing you can say about God is about his love and mercy, you can be sure that you know all about him, after all, his name is love (cf. 1 John 4:16). That knowledge helped Paul and Barnabas a lot to kick-start their mission in a foreign land that they had been sent to. In order to prove his point on everlasting love of God, Paul reminded them of how faithful God had been to...

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“AS THE FATHER SENT ME, SO AM I SENDING YOU” (John 20:21)

⏰Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Easter (10 May 2017) ????Acts 12:24 – 13:5a; Ps 67:2-3, 5, 6 and 8 (R.v.4); John 12:44-50 My dear, in the Gospel, Jesus reiterates the kind of relationship that exists among him, his mission and the Father who sent him. It is such an unbreakable union, and that is because Jesus has the authority of the Father and also understands the mission he is given. He would not depart from that mission because he has not come for any selfish interest. As disciples of Jesus, everyone of us has a mission he has been...

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CHRIST THE GOOD SHEPHERD

Fourth Sunday of Easter (Year A) Acts 2:14a, 36-41; Psalm 23; 1Pet 2:20b-25; John 10:1-10 Take a short trip back to the Old Testament. Most of the people that God appointed as leaders of Israel were professional shepherds: Jacob, Moses, David, etc. Apart from the fact that sometimes, sheep are stubborn and so need a man of patience, they are equally fragile and so need devoted protection. A good shepherd is always ready to lay down his life for the sake of his sheep (see 1Sam 17:34-36). See how this attitude reflects the action of the shepherd in the parable...

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MY SHEEP HEAR MY VOICEAND THEY FOLLOW ME (John 10:27)

⏰Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Easter (23 April 2018) 📕Acts 11:19-26; Ps 87:1-3, 4-5, 6-7 (R. Ps 117:1a); John 10:22-30 The conflict of opposites is a major characteristic of the Gospel of St. John. This conflict mostly depicts the conflict between believers and non-believers. One might be wondering why the Jews always fail to comprehend Jesus’ teachings. He had just presented himself as the good shepherd but they still came up with the question, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly” (John 10:24). It shows, firstly that they were not...

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“IF THEN GOD GAVE THE SAME GIFT TO THEM AS HE GAVE TO US… WHO WAS I THAT I COULD WITHSTAND GOD?” (Acts 11:17)

⏰Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter (08 May 2017) ????Acts 11:1-18; Ps 42:2-3, 43:3, 4,(R. Mark 42:3ab); John 10:11-18 ????”IF THEN GOD GAVE THE SAME GIFT TO THEM AS HE GAVE TO US… WHO WAS I THAT I COULD WITHSTAND GOD?” (Acts 11:17) As we enter yet another working week and continue our pilgrimage of faith here on earth, Jesus reminds us what he told us yesterday, “I am the good shepherd” (John 10:11). This good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep that they may have life in abundance (John 10:10). Even if you have not been...