Sunday

22 Apr 2018

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SUNDAY SUMMARY

Acts of the Apostles 4:8-12  The salvation of the world is the Crucified One.

Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 21-23, 26, 28, 29  The stone rejected by the religious is the cornerstone of faith.

1 John 3:1-2  Born as children of the world, we are now God’s children.

John 10:11-18  The good shepherd protects his sheep, even with his life.

The inner word

The inner word

What’s in your heart?

Good Shepherd Sunday provides an opportunity to reflect on leadership and on how leaders model God for their people. Scripture challenges leaders to make their life and work transparent so that people see and come to God in and through them.

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Exploring the word

Exploring the word

The power to lay it down

It is hard to persuade someone that genuine power lies in weakness. Try telling that to the world’s sole remaining superpower! As a culture we are spoon-fed on the idea that strength lies in military heft and financial imperviousness.

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In other words

In other words

The Sunday gospel in everyday English

“I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd puts the sheep before himself, sacrifices himself if necessary. A hired man is not a real shepherd. The sheep mean nothing to him. He sees a wolf come and runs for it, leaving the sheep to be ravaged and scattered by the wolf.

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Homily stories

Homily stories

Good shepherd

“This is not my father’s paper. This is not my husband’s paper. This is my paper.”  

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Homily stories

Homily stories

On-the-job training

It has been said that a mechanic is only as good as his tools. It’s a good bet that the same can be said about a shepherd. However, not too many in our congregation, unless you are reading this in New Zealand, can list “shepherd” under occupation on a census form.

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Homily stories

Homily stories

The word at work: The shepherd in you

In our daily work each of us is a shepherd. We are in charge of the quality and quantity of work that we do. No one can make us be less than we are.

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Homily stories

Homily stories

The word at home: No stone rejected

I remember how badly it stung. The kids in the neighborhood were choosing up sides for a pickup game of touch football, and I was odd man out. Rejected. Told to sit on the sidelines.

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Prayers

Prayers

Penitential Act & Prayer of the Faithful

Only God can lead us to salvation, and in prayer we express our dependence on God and God’s mercy.

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Quotes

Quotes

I could never finish speaking about [Christ] . . . . He is the bread and the spring of living water to satisfy our hunger and our thirst. He is our shepherd, our guide, our model, our comfort, our brother.

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