FOURTH WEEK OF EASTER MONDAY MAY 4, 2020


My dear brothers and sisters,

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die” John 11:25 
We have some of our Parishioners passed on recently for eternal rest. Few information about the deceased is given below:


Teofilo Coloma, age 97, Teofilo died on 23 March 2020

Rufino Chia, age 91,Rufino died on 29 April 2020

Tony Jelenic, age 83, Tony died on 1 May 2020

Tiago Leite, age 90, Tiago died on 03 May 2020

 Let us be united in this time of pain and sorrow and pray for the deceased and their family.

Yours in Christ,

Fr Gijo Muthanattu George

1st Reading: Acts 11:1-18

Under divine inspiration, Peter baptises the first pagan converts

The apostles and believers in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also accepted the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem the circumcised believers criticized him saying, “Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?”
Then Peter began to explain it to them, step by step, saying, “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. There was something like a large sheet coming down from heaven, being lowered by its four corners; and it came close to me. As I looked at it closely I saw four-footed animals, beasts of prey, reptiles, and birds of the air. I also heard a voice saying to me, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat.” But I replied, “By no means, Lord; for nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth.” But a second time the voice answered from heaven, “What God has made clean, you must not call profane.”
This happened three times; then everything was pulled up again to heaven. At that very moment three men, sent to me from Caesarea, arrived at the house where we were. The Spirit told me to go with them and not to make a distinction between them and us. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house. He told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, “Send to Joppa and bring Simon, who is called Peter; he will give you a message by which you and your entire household will be saved.”
As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them just as it had upon us at the beginning. And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, “John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” If then God gave them the same gift that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could hinder God?” When they heard this, they were silenced. And they praised God, saying, “Then God has given even to the Gentiles the repentance that leads to life.”

Responsorial: Psalms. 41: 2-3; 42: 3-4

Response: My soul is thirsting for the living God.

Like the deer that yearns
for running streams,
so my soul is yearning for you, my God.
My soul is thirsting for God,
the God of my life;
when can I enter and see the face of God?
O send forth your light and your truth;
let these be my guide.
Let them bring me to your holy mountain
to the place where you dwell.
And I will come to the altar of God,
the God of my joy.
My redeemer, I will thank you on the harp,
O God, my God.

Gospel: John 10:1-10

Jesus is the Good Shepherd, who keeps his sheep safe from harm

Jesus said to his disciples, “Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
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May your words, O Lord, enlighten and guide us. May they guide us through all present trials and keep us near to you.