The good shepherd

 Sunday  3rd May 2020

Jesus & the children

This morning as we considered the implications for our lives of Jesus’ teaching about the wide and narrow gate; it struck me as an invitation.

The wide gate is the one most people find but it is the one that thieves use to steal and destroy from us. Due to the effects of people around us we carry scars and insecurities which lead us into violent reactions and responses or behaviours which hurt and exclude others even in very small ways.

The narrow gate (which can be found by listening out for the shepherds voice) is one which leads to life in all its abundance and if we find it and are living abundantly without these reactions all who come into contact with us benefit from that abundant life too.

Therefore the whole community around us is affected.

This morning another reading was from Acts describing the community of believers. I perceive the link between these two scriptures to be that Jesus’ teaching is offering us the invitation to abundant life and the believers in Acts are a demonstration of what that looks like in practice.

Acts 2:42-47

…Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people…

Psalm 23

..You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; …

1 Peter 2:19-25

…When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly…

John 10:1-10

Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. … Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate…I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

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