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May 7, 2006 Fourth Sunday of Easter
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Journey into Self Discovery

 FIRST READING:
Acts 4: 8-12 There is no salvation through anyone else.

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:
Ps. 118 The stone which the builders rejected has become the corner stone.

SECOND READING:
1 JN. 3: 1-2 We shall see God as He is.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION:
Jn. 10: 14 I am the good shepherd, says the Lord; I know my sheep, and mine know me.

GOSPEL:
Jn. 10: 11-18 The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.


FOCUS: I am the good shepherd. Jesus reveals that he is the way through which we shall reach God.

scriptural topics: Good Shepherd, trust, safety, suffering, discernment.

REFLECTION: As no darkness can be seen by anyone surrounded by light, so no trivialities can capture the attention of anyone who has his eyes on Christ. The man who can keep his eyes upon the head and origin of the whole universe has them on virtue in all its perfections; he has them on truth, on justice, immortality and on everything else that is good, for Christ is goodness itself.
St. Gregory of Nyssa

A young village girl told me, When I am about to talk to anyone, I picture to myself Jesus Christ and how gracious and friendly he was to everyone. St. John Vianney


Remembrance of God is something that God Himself grafts upon the soul. But the soul must also force itself to persevere and to toil. Work, making every effort to attain the unceasing remembrance of God. And God, seeing how fervently you desire it, will give you this constant recollection of Himself.
Theophane the Recluse

There is no
salvation
through
anyone
else.

APPLYING THE READINGS TO THE LITURGY: Emphasize that Jesus came, not merely as a teacher or judge, but to open our eyes to God, that God accepts everyone, even those rejected by others. A lamb of God fraction rite could be used based on the images from todays gospel: Jesus the shepherd, followers of Jesus as his flock, building on a corner stone, etc.

Rite of Blessing and Sprinkling with Holy Water

Sample General Intercessions:
My sisters and brothers, with joy at Christs rising from the dead, let us turn to God in prayer. God does not reject anyone, he elevates even those rejected by others.
That pastors everywhere lead in faith and serve in love the flock entrusted to their care by Christ the Good Shepherd;
That the whole world may rejoice in the blessing of true peace, the peace Christ himself gives to us;
That those who are suffering may have their sorrow turned to joy;
That we may each have the strength and faith to bear witness to
Christs resurrection.

Preface: Second or third for Easter.
Solemn Blessing of the Easter Season.
Prayers over the people: Sixth.

Faith Formation
Jesus, the Good Shepherd, leads us to God the Father through an uncertain world. But we may be at peace with ourselves and each other, secure in the knowledge that we are guided by love, the love that God Himself has for us all.

Childrens Liturgy of the Word
What are the responsibilities in-
volved in being a shepherd?

Why is it a good idea for sheep to
follow and respond to a shepherd?

We call Jesus Lord because he is our leader. During the Easter season we celebrate his triumph over death and call him risen Lord. His victory over death proves to us that he is the Good Shepherd, the one who will lead us to eternal life.
Point out to the children the metaphors used here, and what is the reality they refer to. Why are metaphors used? To describe reality in ways beyond words.
We shall see God as he really is.

GATHERING SONG:
Alleluia! Sing to Jesus BB/MI, CBW III,
CCH, CVH, GPCOMP, PMB2, SM, W&S,
WCH
At the Lambs High Feast We Sing
ACH, BB/MI, CBW III, CCH, CVH, SM,
SS, W&S, WP
At the Name of Jesus (Walker) BB, GP2,
JS2
Christ, the Lord, Is Risn Today ACH,
BB/MI, CBW III, CCH, CVH, JS2, SS,
W&S, WP
Come to the House (Cooney) BB/MI, JS2,
S&S
Come to Me (Norbet) ACH, BB/MI,
CBW III, JS2
Come, Taste and See (Becker) BB/MI, GP2,
JS2
Darkness Is Gone (Bell) G-4385
Easter Introit (D.H. Williams) 312-40940
His Name Is Wonderful LMGM
I Am the Way (Englert) PMB2, SM, WCH
In Praise of His Name (OConnor)
BB/MI, GC, G2, GP, GTR, JS2
Jesus, Shepherd of Our Souls CCH, SS,
W&S, WP
Lift Up Your Hearts (OConnor) BB/MI,
CCH, GC, GP, GPCOMP, GTR, JS2
My Shepherd Will Supply My Need
CVH, WCH, WP, 59 Liturgical Rounds
(GIA)
O Jesus, Tender Shepherd, Hear
(J. Brahms) 352-00272
O Sons and Daughters CVH, CBW III,
CCH, PMB2, SM, SS, W&S, WCH, WP
Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us
LMGM, TWC
The Living God, My Shepherd Is
CBW III, SS, WP
The Lord Is My True Shepherd
(Westendorf) BB/MI, PMB2, S&S, W&S,
WCH
The Lords My Shepherd CBW III, CVH,
SS
We, the Body of Christ (Hillebrand)
BB, GPCOMP, JS2
Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones BB/MI,
CCH, CVH, PMB2, SM, SS, WP

RESPONSORIAL PSALM:
This Is the Day (Fisher) BB, GC
Psalm 118: This Is the Day (Soper) BB
Psalm 118: Alleluia, Alleluia (Guimont)
CCH, RS
Psalm 118: The Stone Which the Builders
Rejected (Farrell) BB, RS
TAIZE II (Berthier)

PREPARATION OF THE GIFTS:
All People That on Earth Do Dwell
BB/MI, CBW III, GC, GPCOMP, JS,
PMB, RS, WCH, WOV, WP
Christus Resurrexit (Berthier) TAIZE II,
WP
From East and West (Dufford) JS2, OCP
10153
Hes a Mighty Good Teacher LMGM
He Shall Feed His Flock MSM 50-9404
I Am the Vine (Miffleton) BB/MI,
PMB2, SM, WCH
I Am the Way (Englert) PMB2, SM, WCH
Jesus, the Lord (OConnor) BB, GP,
GPCOMP, JS2
Jesus, the New Covenant (Deiss) PMB2,
W&S
Like a Shepherd (Dufford) BB/MI,
CBW III, CCH, GP, GPCOMP, GC, GTR,
JS2
Love Is Our Shepherd MSM 50-9057
O Christe Domine Jesu (Berthier)CCH, GC,
GTR, TAIZE II
O the Lamb (Bell) G-4533
O God, Whose Healing Power G-4839
The Body of Christ (Schiavone) OCP
The Good Shepherd (Chepponis) W&S,
WCH
The Lord Is My Shepherd (F. Schubert)
332-14660
Shepherd of Our Hearts (Chepponis)
G-3148
Shepherd of the Earth (Furlong) G-3920
The Resurrection (Bell) G-4658
The Harvest of Justice (Haas) G-3582
We Remember (Haugen) ACH,
BB/MI, CBW III, CCH, GC, GPCOMP,
JS2, PMB2, RS, SM, SS, W&S, WCH, WP
We Shall Rise Again (Young) GC, G2,
GTR
You Shall Be My People (Ward) SM, W&S
WCH

COMMUNION:
A Banquet Is Prepared (Kavanaugh)
BB/MI, GP, GPCOMP, JS2
Alleluia, Let the Holy Anthem Rise
BB/MI, CVH, SS
Be Not Afraid (Dufford) ACH,
BB/MI, CBW III, CCH, GC, GPCOMP,
JS2, PMB2, RS, SM, SS, W&S, WCH, WP
Be Thou, My Vision 332-40920, CVH, SS
Because the Lord Is My Shepherd
(Walker) BB/MI, GC, G2, GTR, JS2, S&S
Earthen Vessels (Foley) ACH, BB/MI,
GP, GPCOMP, JS2
Gift of Finest Wheat (Kreutz) ACH,
BB/MI, CBW III, CCH, GC, GPCOMP,
JS2, PMB2, RS, SM, SS, W&S, WCH, WP
Gift of Love BB/MI, GC, G2, GTR, JS2
I Am the Bread of Life (Toolan)ACH,
BB/MI, CBW III, CCH, GC, GPCOMP,
JS2, PMB2, RS, SM, SS, W&S, WCH, WP
I Know the Lord (Parker) G-4229
Lord, Be With Us (Walker) BB, JS2
One Bread, One Body (Foley) ACH,
BB/MI, CBW III, CCH, GC, GPCOMP,
JS2, PMB2, RS, SM, SS, W&S, WCH, WP
Psalm 23 MSM 50-9051
Psalm 23 from Music for the Banquet
(Ferris) WS, W&S
Psalm 23 (Conry) BB/MI, JS2
One Fold, One Shepherd WLP, W&S
Shepherd of Souls, in Love Come, Feed
Us PMB2, SM, WCH
The King of Love MSM 50-9008
The Lord Fills the Earth (Inwood) GP2, JS2
Trust God (Chepponis) W&S, WLP
We Are Many Parts (Haugen) BB/MI,
CBW III, CCH, GC, GPCOMP,
JS2, PMB2, RS, SM, SS, W&S, WCH, WP
We Remember, We Believe (Porter) G-4721
We Who Were Once Dead (Haas) G-3504

SONG OF PRAISE:
Amen! LMGM
By Name I Have Called You (Landry)
BB, GPCOMP, JS2
I Will Praise Thee, O Lord (de Lalande)
362-01238
The Lord, the Lord, the Lord Is My
Shepherd CCH, SS, WP
Valleys of Green (Schutte) BB, GP, JS2,
S&S
We Walk By Faith (Haugen) ACH,
BB/MI, CBW III, CCH, GC, GPCOMP,
JS2, PMB2, RS, SM, SS, W&S, WCH, WP

CLOSING SONG:
A Single Unmatched Stone CCH, SS, WP
All Hail the Power of Jesus Name
ACH, BB/MI, CVH, GPCOMP, PMB,
WCH, WP
Christ Be Our Light (Farrell) BB/MI, JS2
Christ is Here (Walker) JS2
City of God (Schutte) ACH,
BB/MI, CBW III, CCH, GC, GPCOMP,
JS2, RS, SM, SS, W&S, WCH
Easter Alleluia (Haugen) GTR
Easter Solemn Dismissal (Chant) BB/MI,
JS2
Hail Thee, Festival Day BB/MI, CCH, SS,
WP
I Am the Light of the World (Hayakawa)
BB/MI, GC, GTR, JS2
In Christ There Is No East or West
BB/MI, CBW III, CVH, GC, GPCOMP,
JS, RS, PMB, WCH, WP
Let the Heavens Be Glad (Feiten) BB/MI
GTR, GC, JS2
Now the Green Blade Rises BB/MI,
CBW III, CCH, CVH, GTR, SS, WP
O Bless the Lord (Michaels) BB/MI, GP2,
JS2
O Jesus Christ, Savior of All (Schein)
312-41159
O Lord, Increase My Faith G-4043
Rejoice! Rejoice! (Daley) BB/MI, GC,
GTR, JS2
Shepherd of Souls, in Love Come, Feed
Us PMB2, WCH
Shepherd of Souls, Refresh and Bless
ACH, BB/MI, CVH, WCH, WP
Shepherd Me, O God (Haugen) BB/MI
GTR, G-2950
Sing Praise to Our Creator PMB2, SM,
W&S, WCH
Take Christ to the World (Inwood) BB/MI,
GP2, JS2
The Churchs One Foundation ACH,
BB/MI, CBW III, CVH, GPCOMP, PMB2,
WCH, WP
The King of Love, My Shepherd Is
BB/MI, CVH, WP, MSM 60-9009
The One Same Spirit (Ward) SM, WCH,
W&S
This Glad Day (Palestrina) 332-40155
This Is the Day (Haugen) BB/MI, CCH, GC, GTR, W&S, WCH
We Will Rise Again (Haas) BB/MI, GC,
GTR
While The Earth Remains (Bell) G-5160

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