The Lord is my Shepherd! We say that every time we pray Psalm 23. If the Lord is my Shepherd, then I must be one of his sheep. Sheep are pretty dumb animals which also makes me pretty dumb in the sight of the Lord. Sheep follow, they do not lead. Sheep get lost and can lose their way into serious danger as there are wolves that prowl for sheep.
Today’s short Gospel reading from John 10:27-30: Jesus said: “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.”
Being a sheep means I hear the voice of my Shepherd. Being a sheep means I follow my Shepherd and do whatever he tells me. Being a sheep means I have been given eternal life and I will never die. Being a sheep means I am safe with my Shepherd and no one can take me away. Being a sheep means that I am loved by the Father and given to his Son, the Shepherd. Being a sheep means I have it really good under the protection of the Father, Son and in their great love, the Holy Spirit.
With a promise like that, it’s not so bad to be pretty dumb in the arms of my Shepherd.
Have a beautiful Sunday giving glory and praise to our Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ.