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Fourth Sunday of Easter - (2013)

John 10:28-30: Jesus said, "I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. I and the Father are one."
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, thank you for your steadfast and secure love. Thank you for the guarantee that our future rests in your hands. Thank you for holding us in your protective grace. May we live today with confidence and joy knowing that no matter where we find ourselves, you are there to uphold and sustain us. For this grace, we thank you in Infant Jesus' name. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (April 21, 2013)
Day: Fourth Sunday of Easter
First Reading: Acts 13:14, 43-52
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 100:1-2, 3, 5
Second Reading: Rev 7:9, 14b-17
Gospel: John 10:27-30
Lectionary: 51
Colour: White
Listen to Reading:
Scripture: John 10:27-30
27My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me; 28 and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. 30 I and the Father are one.
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
Jesus made 3 promises to his followers. First He promised them everlasting life. If they accept him and follow him, they will have the life of God in them. Secondly Jesus promised them a life that would know no end. Death would not be the conclusion but the beginning; they would know the glory of permanent life. Thirdly Jesus promised a life that was secure. Jesus said that nothing would grab them out of his hand, not even sorrow and death, since He is everlasting life itself. Our lives are safe in his hands. The security Jesus offers is an enduring relationship with the living God, and membership with his flock, the people of God. Jesus also promises the security of peace and care from evil and the greatest harm that could befall us - eternal destruction. The Lord does not leave us from all trouble. In this life we will experience pain, suffering, illness, and death. But through these the Lord will lead us to final victory and safety in his everlasting home. Even in the midst of our sufferings we can find a peace and safety which no one can give except God alone. We can assertively follow the Lord wherever he leads, trusting that nothing can keep us from God if we submit our lives to him. Have we placed our life securely in God where it belongs? Loving Infant Jesus, you are the Good Shepherd. In you we place all our hope and we entrust ourselves to you completely. Increase our confidence in your saving grace and in your abiding presence.


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