This weekend we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter. In the reading below, Jesus calls himself the Good Shepherd. He laid down his life for his sheep, in accord with his Father’s will, and out of love for us. Because of our Baptism, we also are called to be good shepherds by closely listening to the voice of God and by laying down our lives in service to others. We are strengthened to do this by making Jesus’ voice the guiding force in our daily lives.

I hope that you enjoy a relaxing weekend.

God bless you,
Mrs. Katie Walsh 

Gospel – Jn 10: 11-18

Jesus said:
“I am the good shepherd.
A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
A hired man, who is not a shepherd
and whose sheep are not his own,
sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away,
and the wolf catches and scatters them.
This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep.
I am the good shepherd,
and I know mine and mine know me,
just as the Father knows me and I know the Father;
and I will lay down my life for the sheep.
I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold.
These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice,
and there will be one flock, one shepherd.
This is why the Father loves me,
because I lay down my life in order to take it up again.
No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own.
I have power to lay it down, and power to take it up again.
This command I have received from my Father.”