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May 11th 2014 A.D.

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May 11th 2014 A.D.

Fourth Sunday of Easter

"I came that they may have life abundantly"

John 10:1-10

May 11th 2014 A.D.

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Background:

There can be no reasonable doubt that the Shepherd metaphor dates to Jesus himself, though different conclusions are drawn from it be the various evangelists. It was a favorite metaphor in much of early Christian art.

 Perhaps it means less to us today because we do not live close to the fields and the flocks and think of sheep usually only when we're buying lamb chops or shivering at Dolly the cloned sheep.

 The image in today's Gospel may be closest to the original though John's Story is often heavily overlaid with theological reflections. Jesus takes care of his own. We are his own, even if like sheep, we are often not very bright, not very quick, not very perceptive. The Story today says that it doesn't matter Jesus will still take care of us. None will snatch us out of his hand.

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Once upon a time two little kids and their father were out sailing on the lake in their small sail boat. The kids were scared because the wind was kind of picking up. Their daddy said; don’t be scared, it’s still a light wind. We’ll head for shore if it gets any worse, but the weather person says there’ll be no problem. I’ll take care of you. Of course they were all wearing life jackets, right? Well, it began to get a little dark and the wind became more brisk. The Daddy said, all right, crew we’re heading for shore.

 Just then two crazy teenagers in one of those awful wave runners rammed the boat, cut it in half and went right. The daddy and the kids were in the water, clinging to the remains of the boat. The sky grew darker, the wind became fierce and it started to rain. Hang on to me said the Daddy and we’ll swim to shore. The kids were afraid to swim, even to let go of their ruined boat. You’ve got life jackets on he told them.

 Don’t be afraid, just hang on to me. The kids were really frightened but they hung on to their daddy.

 You know what happened?

 Sure you do, they made it to the beach just fine.

 Their mother was waiting for them and she hugged and kissed them all. Nothing to be afraid of, kids, she said. You can always trust your daddy. Really she did say it!

Then they went looking for those crazy teenagers.

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Nothing to be afraid of, kids, she said. You can always trust your daddy. Really she did say it! Then they went looking for those crazy teenagers
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Psalm 23:1-6

1 The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want;
2 he makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters;
3 he restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

 

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