Scripture Reflections for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

Year B, Lectionary 50

As the Good Shepherd, Jesus leads us to the Father. Because Jesus is connected and in relationship to the Father, we are invited to join in this Trinitarian love. We approach God more closely by serving others and caring for others like Christ has done for us.

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Acts 4:8-12

“every one of us is irreplaceable because only you can do that for which God has created you, no one else can and no one else will”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo | April 15, 2024

“Peter is addressing this speech to Annas and Caiaphas and the members of the high priestly family, the very men who handed Jesus over to the Romans to be crucified”

Catholic Productions | "The Cornerstone: There is Salvation in No One Else" | Brant Pitre | July 15, 2021
Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28-29
1 John 3:1-2

“it’s the vision of God that we most long for”

Catholic Productions | "The Vision of God" | Brant Pitre | April 19, 2021
John 10:11-18

“True love does not turn inwards to satisfy its own desires, it is the ability to turn outwards towards others”

"The Good Shepherd lays down his life for his sheep" | Fr. Geoffrey Plant | April 14, 2024

“Where did we get that love from? It's Christ's love. Christ loved us first that way. He loved his own in the world and he loved us to the end.”

Holy Name of Jesus Church & Loyola Ministry | "MOTHER OCTOPUS" | Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ | April 25, 2021

“Church, how do you get to know the Shepherd? By listening to him.”

St. Teresa of Avila - DC | Monsignor Raymond East | April 25, 2021

“God's hand is not a hand that tries to crush or possess us. Instead God's hand is that of a mother or a father, one that soothes, nurtures and empowers us forward only to lift us high upon the shoulders of love and Easter peace.”

UACatholic | Fr. John Paul Forté, OP | April 21, 2024

“When Jesus says that he is the Good Shepherd of you, he's saying ‘I know your name and I call you by your name, you're not just another one of my creation, you are my special creation that I call you by name.’ He knows your name. More than that he knows your wounds.”

Holy Name of Jesus Church & Loyola Ministry | Fr. Mark E. Thibodeaux, SJ | April 21, 2024

“He's trying to use the knowledge of a shepherd for his sheep and of a, of the sheep for the shepherd to reveal the mystery of the intimate knowledge that he not only has with the Father but that he desires his disciples to have with him”

Catholic Productions | "One Shepherd One Flock" | Brant Pitre | April 21, 2021

“our Lord not only envisioned a unified church but as we'll see in John chapter 17, it's going to be one of the last things he prays for before he lays down his life”

Catholic Productions | "The Love of Christ and the Unity of the Church" | Brant Pitre | July 22, 2021

“How much investment do we make when it comes to the formation of our children to get used to the voice of the Good Shepherd?”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo | April 23, 2018
Overall Readings

“Salvation is not just a fancy word for big tent and fire, hell and brimstone. No, people of God, it's about opportunities that are awaiting you and I. It's about gifts being released and given.”

UACatholic | Fr. John Paul Forté, OP | April 25, 2021

“That power to heal and be healed is a gift rooted in faith and trust in the powerful name of Jesus, our ultimate healing being, our salvation and our redemption”

Catholic Women Preach | Valerie D. Lewis-Mosley | April 13, 2018

“We are called to be followers of Jesus, not just admirers of Jesus”

St. Teresa of Avila - DC | Monsignor Raymond East | April 21, 2024

“you are being strengthened for a reason, that pasture is verdant green and lush for a reason, so not just that you may eat but that you may draw others to where they can live in peace, in justice, in unity”

Saint Katharine Drexel Parish - Boston, MA | Fr. Oscar Pratt | April 21, 2024

“No one is able to secure our security, to guarantee our safety as God does”

Fr. Emmanuel Ochigbo | April 21, 2021

“Our life circumstances may persist but our responses to these circumstances change when we know that we do not face life's challenges alone. Jesus, our Good Shepherd, will never abandon us and that makes all the difference in the world.”

Catholic Women Preach | Bonnie Anne MacLellan, CSJ | April 25, 2021