FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER YEAR C

PRIEST:  Jesus our shepherd calls each of us by name, to follow Him, and to discover with him our own particular vocation.  He knows us – loves us. And He calls every single one of us to share His Life with the our world. We all share the vocation to live for others, to be life-bearers, to be witnesses to the glorious truth of Christ. We now pause to examine how well we have answered our special vocation.

READER:      For not making space in our busy lives and noisy hearts
                           to listen to the voice of the Shepherd

                                             LORD HAVE MERCY

                            For listening to the voices of ambition and selfishness,
the voices of security and safe-options,
                            and not following the Shepherd where he leads us

                                             CHRIST HAVE MERCY

                             For every abuse of a child or vulnerable person
by those called to be  gentle shepherds of the flock of Christ
When we do not serve or play our part in building the Kingdom –
for not being a  shepherd to each other

                                             LORD HAVE MERCY

PRIEST:     May the God who calls us into life, forgive us;
                       May our Redeemer and Shepherd, Jesus, free us with his mercy;
                       May the Holy Spirit empower us to give of ourselves with generosity
                       and so find everlasting life…  

                                                AMEN!

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