“I give eternal life to the sheep that belong to me”
The Word This Week
This is traditionally known as “Good Shepherd” Sunday, and is part of the continuing journey of Easter – remember that Jesus is the Good Shepherd who both gives his life for his sheep and takes it up again. His relationship with us, after the resurrection, is closer than we can imagine: through his dying and rising, Jesus fulfills the promise he makes in today’s Gospel: “I give them eternal life, and they will never be lost.” This Sunday is another opportunity for us to consider the consequences of the Resurrection – how we live the Easter Story.
First Reading: Acts 13:14.43-52
Response to the psalm: We are his people, the sheep of his flock
Second Reading: Apocalypse 7:9.14-17
Gospel: John 10:27-30