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Based on the Readings as Set
First Reading (Acts 2:42-47)
The early church, newly endowed with the Holy Spirit, is radically committed to the apostles’ teaching and to a joyful common life both at home and at the temple. The apostles perform awe-inspiring miracles and many are drawn to join the new group.
The Psalmist sees the Lord as the good shepherd who looks after his flock, abundantly providing for them even in difficult circumstances. Goodness and mercy characterize a life lived in his fold.
Second Reading (1 Peter 2:19-25)
Peter points Christians who suffer unjustly to the example of Jesus, their true shepherd. He suffered greatly although innocent, patiently content to trust in God while bearing their sins and freeing them to follow the paths of righteousness.
Gospel (John 10:1-10)
Jesus refers to himself as both the door of the sheepfold and the shepherd whose voice the sheep know. They enter by him and are saved and pastured by him alone. Under his care the sheep enjoy abundant life. Other shepherds are pretenders to be avoided.
- Human beings need caring for in a dangerous world
- Jesus applies to himself the Old Testament roles of the Lord God
- Christianity is a flock activity
- Jesus is the indispensable centre of the Christian faith
- Following the Lord means living as he commands
SENTENCE (BAS, Canada)
I am the good shepherd, says the Lord: I know my own and my own know me. John 10.14
COLLECT OF THE DAY (BAS, Canada)
O God of peace,
who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, that great shepherd of the sheep,
by the blood of the eternal covenant,
make us perfect in every good work to do your will, and work in us that which is well-pleasing in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN