SUNDAY MASS READINGS’ REFLECTIONS
4th Sunday of Easter (Cycle C) – May 12, 2019
CHRIST IS RISEN!
Liturgical Color – White (Stands for light, innocence, purity, joy, triumph, and glory.)
Purpose – This is the great 50 days of joyful celebration of the Lord’s resurrection from the dead and ending with His sending forth of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
4th Sunday of Easter Theme: The Lord Is My Sheherd.
The Fourth Sunday of Easter is known as Good Shepherd Sunday. Our Good Shepherd, Jesus, gives us all the help we need to persevere in our trials and tribulations.
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.”
Reading 1 – Acts of the Apostles 13:14,43-52 Paul and Barnabas overcome trials to preach the Word of the Lord among the Jews and Gentiles.
Responsorial Psalm – Psalm 100:1-3,5 A song in praise of God who shepherds us.
Reading 2 – Revelation 7:9,14b-17 John describes his vision of the praises that the holy ones sing to the Lamb of God.
Gospel – John 10:27-30 Jesus describes His care for His sheep.
This Bible Study’s primary references used are from St Joseph Sunday Missal, LoyolaPress.com, CatholicCulture.org, Ascension Catholic Church Sunday Reflections, USCCB, Understanding the Scriptures by Scott Hahn, St Thomas Aquinas’ Works, RSV Oxford Annotated Bible, Ignatius Catholic Study Bible, St Charles Borromeo Bible Studies, LUMINA Bible Study, The Franciscans St. Anthony’s Guild, and Haydock’s Catholic Bible Commentary.
NOTE: The Lectionary Bible Readings for this Sunday – Readings 1 & 2, Responsorial Psalm, and the Gospel, all appear in purple in the following. Footnotes are included in these passages and the contents of all the footnotes appear at the end of this document.