Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Word for the Weekend - April 25


Good shepherds still tend sheep as does this herdsman in the fields of Romania.

It's time to look ahead to the scriptures for this coming weekend, the Fourth Sunday of Easter. Because the gospel passage on this Sunday each year highlights a particular image of the Lord, this is sometimes called "Good Shepherd Sunday.

The scripture texts for this Sunday and commentary on them will be found here and hints for helping children prepare to hear the Word on Good Shepherd Sunday will be found here. On all the Sundays of the Easter season the first lesson is taken from the Acts of the Apostles and this week's passage gives us some of the story of Paul and Barnabas and their trials in preaching the gospel. In the current Year C of the lectionary, the second lesson on Sundays in Paschaltide are taken from the Book of Revelation, this week's entry offering the interesting image of "the Lamb who will shepherd them..." From John comes this Sunday's gospel, only four short verses but dense with truth and content as Jesus speaks to us as our Shepherd.


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