A-Easter IV 2017-05-07

 

 

May 7, 2017             FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

Year A

First Reading                        Acts 2:14a 36–41

            A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice, and proclaimed:

“Let the whole house of Israel know for certain

that God has made this Jesus,

whom you crucified,

both Messiah and Chosen One.”

When the people heard this, they were deeply shaken. 

They asked Peter and the other disciples, “What are we to do?” 

Peter replied,

“Repent and be baptized, each one of you,

    in the name of Jesus Christ,

            that your sins may be forgiven;

            then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 

God’s promise is for you, your children, 

and to all those still far away, all whom Our God will call.” 

In support of this testimony, Peter used many other arguments

            and kept urging, “Save yourselves from this generation which has gone astray!” 

Those who accepted his message were baptized; 

some three thousand members were added that day.

            The word of God spoken through Luke in the Acts of the Apostles.

May 7, 2017             FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

Year A

Second Reading                  1 Peter 2:20b-23    

A reading from the first letter of Peter and a homily of Pope Francis

                                     given in April of 2016.

Peter says…

Beloved: If you are patient when you suffer for doing what is right,

this is acceptable in God’s eyes. 

It is for this that you were called,

since Christ suffered for you in just this way,

and left you an example. 

You must follow in the footsteps of Christ:

who did no wrong; who spoke no deceit;

who did not return insults when insulted;

who, when made to suffer, did not counter with threats.

Instead, Christ trusted the One who judges justly…

For you had gone astray like sheep but now have returned

to the Shepherd, the Guardian of your souls.

Pope Francis says…

In God’s mercy, all of our infirmities find healing.

His mercy, in fact, does not keep a distance:

it seeks to encounter all forms of poverty

and to free this world of so many types of slavery.

Mercy desires to reach the wounds of all, to heal them.

Being apostles of mercy means touching and soothing the wounds

that today afflict the bodies and souls of many of our brothers and sisters.

Curing these wounds, we profess Jesus,

we make him present and alive;

we allow others, who touch his mercy with their own hands,

to recognize him as “[Savior] and God”, as did the Apostle Thomas.

This is the mission that he entrusts to us.

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So many people ask to be listened to and to be understood.

The Gospel of mercy, to be proclaimed and written in our daily lives,

seeks people with patient and open hearts,

“good Samaritans” who understand compassion and silence

before the mystery of each brother and sister.

The Gospel of mercy requires generous and joyful servants,

people who love freely without expecting anything in return.

The Word of God spoken through Peter and Pope Francis.

May 7, 2017             FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

Year A

[Maggie and George: I recommend you share this reading and one of you be voice 1 and the other be voice 2.  Also, one of you use the mic on the mic stand and the other hold the mic OR we bring the second micstand over.

I suggest two mics because of your height difference!]

Gospel                       John 10:1–10

1.                A reading from the holy gospel according to John.

Jesus said:

“Truly I assure you:

Whoever does not enter the sheepfold through the gate

but climbs in some other way

is a thief and a robber. 

The one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep,

            and the keeper will open the gate. 

The sheep know the shepherd’s voice,

   the one who calls them by name and leads them out. 

When all of them are brought out,

the shepherd walks ahead of them

and the sheep follow the shepherd’s voice.

They will not follow strangers but run from them

because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” 

2.    Jesus used this figure of speech with his disciples,

but they did not grasp what he was trying to tell them.

So, Jesus said again,

“My solemn word is this: I am the sheepgate. 

All who came before me were thieves and robbers,

and the sheep did not listen to them. 

I am the gate. 

Those who enter through me will be safe.

You will come in and go out; you will find pasture. 

The thief comes only to steal, slaughter and destroy. 

I came that you might have life

and have it in abundance.”

            The Good News of Our Salvation spoken through John.

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