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APRIL 26, 2015

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        This Fourth Sunday of Easter is traditionally referred to as “Good Shepherd Sunday.” Today we listen to the words of the Lord as he refers to himself as the “good shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep.” It is sometimes so difficult for us to grasp the reality that anyone would lay down his or her own life for the sake of someone else. This is especially true in a society that places high value on power and personal advancement, often at the cost of “trampling” on other people in order to climb the ladder. Today’s scriptures point to the one we are called to emulate—the one who lays down his life for his sheep. Today’s scriptures challenge us to discover ways to bring life to those around us—to build up rather than to tear down.

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      El Cuarto Domingo de Pascua tradicionalmente se conoce como el “Domingo del Buen Pastor”. Hoy escuchamos las palabras del Señor cuando se llama a sí mismo “el buen pastor que da la vida por sus ovejas.” A veces es tan difícil para nosotros comprender la realidad de que alguien esté dispuesto a dar su vida por alguien. Esto es muy cierto en una sociedad que pone tanto énfasis en el poder y en el avance social, con frecuencia a expensas de “pisotear” a otra gente para escalar a lacima. Las Escrituras de hoy nos muestran a quién debemos imitar –al que da su vida por las ovejas. Las Escrituras de hoy nos retan a descubrir la manera de llevar vida a los que están a nuestro alrededor –a construir y no a destruir.

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“See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God.” — 1 John 3:1



“Miren cuánto amor nos ha tenido el Padre, pues no sólo nos llamamos hijos de Dios, sino que lo somos.” — 1 Juan 3:1


“The glory of God is humanity fully alive.” —St. Irenaeus



"La gloria de Dios es el hombre viviente.” —San Irineo





  Dear Parishioners and Friends,


            Today is  Good Shepherd Sunday.  The universal church also celebrates today “World Day of Prayer for Vocations”.


           “The purpose of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations is to publically fulfill  the Lord's instruction to, "Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his  harvest" (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2).  As a climax to a prayer that is continually offered throughout the Church, it affirms the primacy of faith and grace in all that concerns vocations to the priesthood and to the consecrated life.  While appreciating all vocations, the Church concentrates its attention this day on vocations to the ordained ministries (priesthood and diaconate), to the Religious life in all its forms (male and female, contemplative and apostolic), to societies of apostolic life, to secular institutes in their diversity of services and membership, and to the missionary life, in the particular sense of mission "ad gentes".”  (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)


          Let us pray especially for vocations to the priesthood because without priests there is no Eucharist.  Priests and the Eucharist are closely connected because it is through the priests that the Sacrament of the Eucharist that Jesus initiated at the Last Supper is fulfilled.  “Do this in memory of me.”  (Luke 22:19)


Let us pray that young men will hear and answer the call of the Good Shepherd… to  tend and feed His lambs (John 21:15-17), and to be fishers of men (Matthew 4:19).



                                                                                          Fr. Bernard Ranoa  &   Fr. Manny Ediza



“Becoming a priest or a man or woman religious is not primarily our own decision….

Rather it is the response to a call and to a call of love.”

- Pope Francis, Address to Seminarians and Novices, July 6, 2013





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