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4th Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday)

The 4th Sunday of Easter is also called Good Shepherd Sunday. On this weekend, we focus on how Jesus is our shepherd, always watching out for us and saving us. Find ideas for youth ministry, religious ed, and families here.

Click on the appropriate year for the 4th Sunday of Easter below to see resources, themes, homilies, games, lesson plans, and more for the current lectionary cycle.

Mass Readings for the 4th Sunday of Easter Year A (Good Shepherd Sunday)

  • First ReadingActs 2:14A, 36-41: “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
  • Responsorial PsalmPsalm 23: “The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.”
  • Second Reading1 Peter 2:20b-25: “For you had gone astray like sheep, but you have now returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.”
  • GospelJohn 10:1-10: “But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice, as the shepherd calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.”

Mass Readings for the 4th Sunday of Easter Year B (Good Shepherd Sunday)

  • First ReadingActs 4:8-12: “There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.”
  • Responsorial PsalmPsalm 118: “The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone.”
  • Second Reading1 John 3:1-2: “See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are.”
  • GospelJohn 10:11-18: “I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep.”

Mass Readings for the 4th Sunday of Easter Year C (Good Shepherd Sunday)

  • First ReadingActs 13:14, 43: “The Gentiles were delighted when they heard this and glorified the word of the Lord. All who were destined for eternal life came to believe, and the word of the Lord continued to spread through the whole region.”
  • Responsorial PsalmPsalm 100: “We are his people, the sheep of his flock.”
  • Second ReadingRevelation 7:9, 14B-17: “I, John, had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands.”
  • GospelJohn 10:27-30: “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. give them eternal life, and they shall never perish.”

More About Lectionary Cycles

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