Christ the Good Shepherd
First Reading – Acts of the Apostles 2: 14, 36-41
A reading from the Acts of the Apostles
God has made Jesus both Lord and Christ.
On the day of Pentecost Peter stood up with the Eleven and addressed the crowd with a loud voice:
‘The whole House of Israel can be certain that God has made this Jesus whom you crucified both Lord and Christ.’
Hearing this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the apostles, ‘What must we do, brothers?’ ‘You must repent,’ Peter answered ‘and
every one of you must be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The
promise that was made is for you and your children, and for all those who are far away, for all those whom the Lord our God will call to himself.’ He
spoke to them for a long time using many arguments, and he urged them, ‘Save yourselves from this perverse generation.’ They were convinced by his arguments, and they accepted what he said and were baptised. That very day about three thousand were added to their number.
Second Reading 1 Peter 2: 20 – 25
A reading from the first letter of St Peter
You had gone astray but now you have come back to
the shepherd and guardian of your souls.
The merit, in the sight of God, is in bearing
punishment patiently when you are punished after
doing your duty.
This, in fact, is what you were called to do, because
Christ suffered for you and left an example for you
to follow the way he took. He had not done
anything wrong, and there had been no perjury in
his mouth. He was insulted and did not retaliate
with insults; when he was tortured he made no
threats but he put his trust in the righteous judge.
He was bearing our faults in his own body on the
cross, so that we might die to our faults and live for
holiness; through his wounds you have been
healed. You had gone astray like sheep but now you
have come back to the shepherd and guardian of
John’s Gospel Chapter 10: 1-10
A reading from the holy Gospel according to John
I am the gate of the sheepfold.
Jesus said: ‘I tell you most solemnly, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold through the gate, but gets in some other way is a thief and a brigand. The one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of
the flock; the gatekeeper lets him in, the sheep hear his voice, one by one he calls his own sheep
and leads them out. When he has brought out his flock, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow because they know his voice. They never follow a stranger but run away from him: they do not recognise the voice of strangers.’
Jesus told them this parable but they failed to understand what he meant by telling it to them.
So Jesus spoke to them again:
‘I tell you most solemnly, I am the gate of the sheepfold. All others who have come are thieves and brigands; but the sheep took no notice of
I am the gate. Anyone who enters through me will be safe: he will go freely in and out and be sure of finding pasture.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it to the full.’