Good News: A Weekly Update from St Thomas Church - May 9, 2019
This past week I noticed that there is, once again, a flock of sheep in the field just north of Pittstown. I would love to be able to stop and watch them for a bit, but the road is busy, and there is no place to pull off. I know, though, that there are other flocks in other pastures, not too far away, where I can pull off and watch the lambs running round, boinging up and down from a stand still.
They make me laugh at their absurdity – dare we call it joy? They make me grateful for spring, for life in all its abundance, and for the opportunity for me to be in such a beautiful part of the world.
From John’s gospel we hear these words: “... My sheep hear my voice. I knowthem, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father's hand. The Father and I are one."
From the Book of Revelation: “...Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, "Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?" I said to him, "Sir, you are the one that knows." Then he said to me, "These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
For this reason they are before the throne of God,
and worship him day and night within his temple,
and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them. They will hunger no more, and thirst no more;
the sun will not strike them,
nor any scorching heat;
for the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."
And from Psalm 23: “The Lord is my shepherd; * I shall not be in want.
This Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Easter, is known as “Good Shepherd Sunday.” Shepherds and sheep, so familiar in Jesus’ day, are still familiar enough to us who are blessed to live in this part of God’s Creation. We know that Jesus, just as the psalmist before him, is talking about people – about us. As we rejoice in God’screation, may we also rejoice in the new life given to us in Christ, the Good Shepherd.
Let us pray:
O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Peace and Blessing,