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Good Shepherd Sunday

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The focus of the liturgy is on the Good Shepherd, the one who by his death and resurrection has become “the Author of life. (Acts 3:15)”. The address of Peter, on the occassion of the healing of the lame beggar, emphasizes the salvation that is given only through Jesus. In the second reading from 1 John 3:1-2, the christian community is invited to contemplate that Love which has made them into God’s children. “Salvation” in the language of 1 John is not so much being rescued from death but being incorporated into the household of God where life abounds (cf. Luke 15:17). In the Gospel of John, we find Jesus raising the status of his disciples from “slaves” to “friends” and — in the Resurrection narratives — to “brothers” (cf. Hebrews 2:11-12). These are the ones he calls “my own” (John 10:14), the sheep for whom He, the Good Shepherd, lays down his life.

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Acts 3:15
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15But the author of life you killed, whom God hath raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses.
1 John 3:1-2
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1Behold what manner of charity the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called, and should be the sons of God. Therefore the world knoweth not us, because it knew not him.
2Dearly beloved, we are now the sons of God; and it hath not yet appeared what we shall be. We know, that, when he shall appear, we shall be like to him: because we shall see him as he is.
Luke 15:17
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17And returning to himself, he said: How many hired servants in my father's house abound with bread, and I here perish with hunger?
Hebrews 2:11-12
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11For both he that sanctifieth, and they who are sanctified, are all of one. For which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, saying:
12I will declare thy name to my brethren; in the midst of the church will I praise thee.
John 10:14
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14I am the good shepherd; and I know mine, and mine know me.
John 10:1-21
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1Amen, amen I say to you: He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up another way, the same is a thief and a robber.
2But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
3To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
4And when he hath let out his own sheep, he goeth before them: and the sheep follow him, because they know his voice.
5But a stranger they follow not, but fly from him, because they know not the voice of strangers.
6This proverb Jesus spoke to them. But they understood not what he spoke to them.
7Jesus therefore said to them again: Amen, amen I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.
8All others, as many as have come, are thieves and robbers: and the sheep heard them not.
9I am the door. By me, if any man enter in, he shall be saved: and he shall go in, and go out, and shall find pastures.
10The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I am come that they may have life, and may have it more abundantly.
11I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd giveth his life for his sheep.
12But the hireling, and he that is not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and flieth: and the wolf catcheth, and scattereth the sheep:
13And the hireling flieth, because he is a hireling: and he hath no care for the sheep.
14I am the good shepherd; and I know mine, and mine know me.
15As the Father knoweth me, and I know the Father: and I lay down my life for my sheep.
16And other sheep I have, that are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice, and there shall be one fold and one shepherd.
17Therefore doth the Father love me: because I lay down my life, that I may take it again.
18No man taketh it away from me: but I lay it down of myself, and I have power to lay it down: and I have power to take it up again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
19A dissension rose again among the Jews for these words.
20And many of them said: He hath a devil, and is mad: why hear you him?
21Others said: These are not the words of one that hath a devil: Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?

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