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Based on the Readings as Set
First Reading (Acts 9:36-43)
Shortly after Paul’s conversion, Peter is visiting the Christians along the Mediterranean coast. He is called to minister in Joppa because a devoted believer named Tabitha had become sick and died. He commands her to get up and she does, causing many locals to believe in Jesus.
The Psalmist sees the Lord as a good shepherd who looks after his flock, abundantly providing for them even in difficult circumstances. Goodness and mercy characterize a life lived in his fold.
Second Reading (Revelation 7:9-17)
John’s vision of heaven focusses on an uncountable number from every nation surrounding the throne of God and the Lamb with resounding praise. He is told that they are believers who have persisted through a great ordeal and now will enjoy being shepherded by the Lamb forever.
Gospel (John 10:22-30)
Jesus responds to Jewish demands for a plain declaration of his messiahship by saying that he has already done so through his deeds. Those who have not believed are not of his sheep but the latter know his voice and follow him to eternal life. No one can snatch them away.
- God/Jesus as the Good Shepherd
- The followers of the Lord can rest secure in his care
- The power of resurrection is at work in the life of believers
- The implications of following a Shepherd who is also the Lamb