Friday, April 20, 2018

Easter 4 B - John 10:11-18

John 10:11-18
I had a Rambouillet lamb named Louie who grew up to be a sheep so tame as to be a nuisance. I’m not sure the Good Shepherd analogy works when the lamb won’t leave you alone and even the wolf retreats from the constant bleating for treats. On the other hand we are a lot like Louie bleating for treats as if all our Good Shepherd has to do is take care of our every need. But then this text is about the Shepherd and not the sheep and whatever it is we do or say or need doesn’t much matter as the Good Shepherd cares for us by giving and or withholding which in a strange way is still a form of giving. Unfortunately we, like Louie, are often tame to the way of faith so as to be a nuisance to ourselves and everyone else. The good news is that the Shepherd’s life is laid down and picked up to break through our “tameness” and give us a new lease on life which is a treat in and of itself. "The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want." Settle down Louie.

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