Bible Diary English

May 8, 2022

First Reading: Acts 13:14, 43-52
Psalm:  Ps 100:1-2, 3, 5
We are his people, the sheep of his flock.       
Second Reading:  Rev 7:9, 14b-17
  Jn 10:27-30 


Acts 13: 14. 43-52/ Ps 100: 1-2. 3. 5/ Rv 7: 9. 14b-17/ Jn 10: 27-30

1st Reading: Acts 13:14, 43-52
While they went on from Perga and came to Antioch in Pisidia. On the Sabbath day they entered the synagogue and sat down.
After that, when the ­assembly broke up, many Jews and devout God-fearing­ people followed them; and to these, they spoke, urging them to hold fast to the grace of God.
The following Sabbath almost the entire city ga­thered to listen to Paul, who spoke a fairly long time about the Lord. But the presence of such a crowd made the Jews jealous. So they began to oppose, with insults, whatever Paul said.
Then Paul and Barnabas spoke out firmly, saying, “It was necessary, that God’s word be first proclaimed to you, but since you now reject it, and judge yourselves to be unworthy of eternal life, we turn to non-Jewish people. For thus we were commanded by the Lord: I have set you as a light to the pagan nations, so that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.”
Those who were not Jews rejoiced, when they heard this, and praised the message of the Lord; and all those, destined for everlasting life, believed in it. Thus the word spread, throughout the whole region.
Some of the Jews, however, incited God-fearing women of the upper class, and the leading men of the city, as well, and stirred up an intense persecution against Paul and Barnabas. Finally, they had them expelled from their region. The apostles shook the dust from their feet, in protest against this people, and went to Iconium, leaving; the disciples, filled with joy and the Holy Spirit.

Responsorial Psalm; Ps 100:1-2, 3, 5
We are his people, the sheep of his flock.

2nd Reading: Rev 7:9, 14b-17
After this, I saw a great crowd, impossible to count, from every nation, race, people and tongue, standing before the throne, and the Lamb, clothed in white, with palm branches in their hands, “They, are those who have come out of the great persecution; they have washed, and made their clothes white, in the blood of the Lamb.
This is why they stand before the throne of God,
and serve him, day and night, in his Sanctuary.
He, who sits on the throne, will spread his tent over them.
Never again, will they suffer hunger or thirst,
or be burned by the sun, or any scorching wind.
For the Lamb, near the throne, will be their Shepherd,
and he will bring them to springs of life-giving water,
and God will wipe away their tears.”

Gospel: Jn 10:27-30
My sheep hear my voice and I know them; they follow me and I give them eternal life. They shall never perish, and no one will ever steal them from me. What my Father has given me, is greater than all things else. To snatch it out of the Father’s hand, no one is able! I and the Father are One.”





Global Shepherds

The Gospel is preached to the Jews, the Gentiles, and to the ends of the earth. John presents the grand finale: people from “ever nation, race, people, and tongue” are gathered in heaven before the Lamb-Shepherd. Jesus declares himself as the Good Shepherd who gives eternal life to his sheep.

In the midst of acute shortage of vocations in a country, one provincial assumes charge and thus addresses his members in his inaugural homily: “Believe me. There is no shortage of vocations. There’s plenty. It is all a problem of distribution, not of numbers.” How true! God does raise up people to tend his sheep; but not always as, when, and where we want him to! If we care to look around, there are many youngsters willing to serve. Sadly, how many congregations have died out in some countries due to the sheer refusal to accept vocations from other regions of the world! What we need to do is to adjust our mental lenses, break down the boundaries of tribalistic thinking, and perceive the Church as one family without borders.
Pray for global readiness and global receptivity to shepherds after the heart of the Master.
Talk to a youngster about discerning a shepherding vocation in the Church.






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