Welcome here. This Sunday we are looking part of John’s Gospel where Jesus uses a Shepherd metaphor to explain both his leadership style and more importantly his deep motivation – love, inclusion for all and the resultant gift of Abundant Life. Jesus uses the word “save” and the people around him are very interested in the idea of “sin” and punishment and exclusion from God’s care and from the community. Tragically, Christians have sometimes used this reading to adopt positions exactly contrary to Jesus and constructed new ideas about sin and salvation which bring the easy and deeply damaging attraction of harsh self righteousness & of ‘in’ and ‘out’ groups with respect to God’s love. This is not abundant life. Abundant life is safe even in danger without anxiety even when hungry it can hear the voice, it is present to God’s love, it has no argument with God and it is characterised by the gentle unassuming trust of well loved sheep.
In today’s gospel, Jesus speaks of himself as ‘The Good Shepherd’
Fourth Sunday of Easter
01 May 2020
Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life: raise us, who trust in him, from the death of sin to the life of righteousness, that we may seek those things which are above, where he reigns with you in the unity of the Holy
Old Testament Genesis 7
New Testament Acts 2: 42-end or 1 Peter 2: 19-end
Gospel John 10: 1-10
Merciful Father, you gave your Son Jesus Christ to be the good shepherd, and in his love for us to lay down his life and rise again: keep us always under his protection, and give us grace to follow in his steps; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Sheep & Shepherds