Newsletter —Fourth Sunday of Easter B-21st April 2024

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World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Good Shepherd Sunday – April 21, 2024

Our First Reading today is taken from Acts of the Apostles 4:8-12: Peter announces an act of healing in the name of Jesus Christ.
The Responsorial Psalm is from Psalm 118: A prayer of thanksgiving to God for his kindness.
The week’s Second Reading is 1 John 3:1-2: God revealed his love for us by calling us children of God.
Our Gospel Reading this Sunday is John 10:11-18: Jesus says that he is the good shepherd who knows his sheep.

Prayer for Peace—Pope Francis

Lord God of peace, Good Shepherd, hear our prayer!
We have tried so many times and over so many years to resolve our conflicts by our own powers and by the force of our arms.
How many moments of hostility and darkness have we experienced;
how much blood has been shed;
how many lives have been shattered;
how many hopes have been buried…
But our efforts have been in vain.
Now, Lord, come to our aid!
Grant us peace,
teach us peace;
guide our steps in the way of peace.
Open our eyes and our hearts, and give us the courage to say:
Never again war!”;
With war everything is lost”.
Instill in our hearts the courage to take concrete steps to achieve peace.
Lord, God of Abraham, God of the Prophets, God of Love, you created us and you call us to live as brothers and sisters. Give us the strength daily to be instruments of peace; enable us to see everyone who crosses our path as our brother or sister.
Make us sensitive to the plea of our citizens who entreat us to turn our weapons of war into implements of peace, our trepidation into confident trust, and our quarrelling into forgiveness.
Keep alive within us the flame of hope, so that with patience and perseverance we may opt for dialogue and reconciliation. In this way may peace triumph at last, and may the words “division”, “hatred” and “war” be banished from the heart of every man and woman. Lord, defuse the violence of our tongues and our hands. Renew our hearts and minds, so that the word which always brings us together will be
“brother”, and our way of life will always be that of: Shalom, Peace, Salaam! Amen.

Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us…

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