22 April 2018
Fourth Sunday of Easter
1st: Acts 4:8-12.
2nd: 1 John 3:1-2.
The Gospel of John 10:11-18
Jesus said: ‘I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd is one who lays down his life for his sheep. The hired man, since he is not the shepherd and the sheep do not belong to him, abandons the sheep and runs away as soon as he sees a wolf coming, and then the wolf attacks and scatters the sheep; this is because he is only a hired man and has no concern for the sheep. ‘I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep. And there are other sheep I have that are not of this fold, and these I have to lead as well. They too will listen to my voice, and there will be only one flock, and one shepherd. ‘The Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me; I lay it down of my own free will, and as it is in my power to lay it down, so it is in my power to take it up again; and this is the command I have been given by my Father.’
I Am the Good Shepherd
“The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.” Both Pilate and the Jews saw this shepherd led to the cross for his sheep as the prophets had clearly foretold long before his Passion: “Like a lamb led to the slaughter or a sheep silent before shearers” (Is 53:7). He did not refuse death, he did not flee judgement, and he did not repulse those crucifying him.
He did not undergo the Passion: he willed it for the sake of his sheep: “I have power to lay down my life,” he said, “and the power to take it up again.” He destroyed suffering with the suffering of the Passion, death with his death. With his grave he opened graves. He shook the dwelling of the dead and made its bolts spring open. Graves are sealed and the prison shut so long as the Shepherd does not descend into death to preach liberation to those of his sheep who are asleep (cf 1Pt 3:19). We see him in the dwelling of the dead: he gives the command to come out; even there we see him renew the call to life. “The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep”: this is how he seeks the love of his sheep. Whoever loves Christ is the one who hears his voice.
Basil of Seleucia, Bishop
Homily 26, on the Good Shepherd
This week’s feasts
Mon 23 St. George, Martyr
And St. Adalbert, Bishop, Martyr
Tue 24 St. Fidelis, Priest, Martyr
Wed 25 St. Mark, Evangelist Feast
Sat 28 St. Peter Chanel, Priest, Martyr
and St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort, Priest
Psalter week IV
Readings for the 5th Sunday of Easter year b
1st: Acts 9:26-31
Ps: 21:26-28, 30-32
2nd: 1 John 3:18-24
Gospel: John 15:1-18
St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort
Louis was born in France in 1637. He was a man of constant prayer, had great love for the poor, a desire for extreme poverty, he even experienced joy in humiliations and persecution. From childhood, he was very devoted to the Blessed Sacrament. As a youth, he joined a society who ministered to the poor and the incurables to whom he read edifying books. At the age of nineteen, while walking to Paris to take a course in theology, he gave his money to the poor, exchanged clothes with them, and vowed to subsist thenceforth only on alms. He soon entered the seminary and was ordained a priest at the age of twenty-seven. For a while he was chaplain in a hospital. At thirty-two, he felt called to the missionary life preaching the Gospel to the poor in countless towns and villages with great success. He founded the ‘Daughters of Divine Wisdom’ and the ‘Missionaries of the Company of Mary.’ His book ‘True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin’ remains one of the Catholic favourites of all time. He died on 28 April, 1716.
St. Louis de Montfort, pray for us
Parish Easter BBQ Sunday 13 May, 1:30pm at LPH. €10 donation. Please SIGN UP by Monday 7 May for catering purposes.
Organ recital by Paul Timmins in Agia Kyriaki Monday 7 May, 12pm. Collection to help our Hospice.
Archangel Michael Hospice, Memorial Garden Opening Fri 18 May. Sponsor a Table Decoration or a small posy. Call Linda 99562387.
Twilight Walk along the Paphos seafront, Sat 28 April, 6:30pm. Registration aboard the Wave dancer at the harbour at 5:45pm. Adults €8, children €5 to help our Hospice. Call Paula 99100869
Kyrenia Day Trip Mon 7 May, €25 leaving from Debenhams at 7:45am to return around 7pm. Passport required Call Linda 99562387 or Mona 99494140. To help our Hospice.
Catenian Meeting and Dinner Hill View Restaurant, Pissouri Fri 27 April, 7:00 pm. All are welcome. Contact Richard Daly 99282385
In the steps of St. Paul Presentation by Peter Walker. Tues 8 May, 6:30pm. Agia Kyriaki. Donations will go to help the author’s charity.
CARITAS Raffle: Spring Hamper, €1 Tickets at Shop. Draw 1 May.
Donate a handbag full of personal care items at the coffee shop.
Dinner at Riley’s Entertainment by Joe Mac, Friday 4 May, 6:30pm Choice Menu €13. To help Caritas.
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