Antonio Pepe, Sheila Lewis, Derek Curtis
Waveney Maycock, Ivy Davis, Harry Davis
Brian Cowley, Timothy Scannell, Margaret Peace
Kate Toms, Nan McGrory, Mary Coyne
Kathleen Burton, Jack Driscoll, Timothy Galvin
Harold Astley, Ellen Jones
May They Rest in Peace
The claim that Jesus makes to be the true shepherd, the only pastor of his flock, has nothing idyllic about it: it simply confirms his complete break with the religious leaders of Israel for whom the welfare of the flock meant so little.
The name Jesus means ‘God saves’. By that name, Peter has just healed a cripple at the gate of the temple. Both he and John the disciple are then arrested by the temple authorities and brought before the Sanhedrin. Peter preaches that God has turned everything on its head: Jesus, rejected by those same authorities, like a stone rejected by a builder, has become the very foundation stone of the New Temple, his own risen body, outside of which there is now no salvation.
1 John 3:1-
We really are God’s children; those who do not acknowledge God cannot understand this truth. Although, we do not yet completely possess the fullness of it, our hope is that we shall be wholly like him and see him face to face when all is revealed.
The image of the Shepherd in the gospel has a long history in the Hebrew Scriptures. In the Old Testament tradition, God is the shepherd of his people Israel. In our urbanised context, the richness of the image may be difficult to fully grasp. Christ, the Good Shepherd, speaks of himself as the one who knows his own people individually and by name. his life is devoted to us: the great sacrifice he makes, by laying down his own life, is made out of love for us so that we may all be safe, saved and counted among God’s redeemed.
Jonathan Eley, Gloria Soar
Kevin Abedi, Wesley Leachman, Kim Nichol
Eileen Pinner, Annie Childs, Mary May
In Neighbouring Parishes
The name of Jesus Christ is the only name in which we can be saved. Filled with the Holy Spirit, Peter said: ‘Rulers of the people, and elders! If you are questioning us today about an act of kindness to a cripple, and asking us how he was healed, then I am glad to tell you all, and would indeed be glad to tell the whole people of Israel, that it was by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the one you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by this name and by no other that this man is able to stand up perfectly healthy, here in your presence, today. This is the stone rejected by you the builders, but which has proved to be the keystone. For of all the names in the world given to men, this is the only one by which we can be saved.’
1 John 3:1-
We shall be like God because we shall see him as he really is. Think of the love that the Father has lavished on us, by letting us be called God’s children; and that is what we are. Because the world refused to acknowledge him, therefore it does not acknowledge us. My dear people, we are already the children of God but what we are to be in the future has not yet been revealed; all we know is, that when it is revealed we shall be like him because we shall see him as he really is.
The good shepherd is one who lays down his life for his sheep. Jesus said: ‘I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd is one who lays down his life for his sheep. The hired man, since he is not the shepherd and the sheep do not belong to him, abandons the sheep and runs away as soon as he sees a wolf coming, and then the wolf attacks and scatters the sheep; this is because he is only a hired man and has no concern for the sheep. ‘I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep. And there are other sheep I have that are not of this fold, and these I have to lead as well. They too will listen to my voice, and there will be only one flock, and one shepherd. ‘The Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me; I lay it down of my own free will, and as it is in my power to lay it down, so it is in my power to take it up again; and this is the command I have been given by my Father.’
Good Shepherd Sunday
Sunday 22nd April