Monday, May 16, 2011

One Shepherd, one flock

today's Gospel reading from the RCL is John 10.11-18

In today's Gospel reading, which is a follow-on from yesterday's, Jesus tells us there will be one flock and one shepherd. We're a long way from that, aren't we? How much of that is due to human pride and willfulness - an insistance that we are going to bring about the kingdom in our image, how we think it should be? We are not very good at treating each other lovingly and trusting in God that he will bring his plan to fulfilment. Jesus calls us to be together; instead we scatter more widely each day. We think we are his flock - I wonder instead if really we are wolves, tearing the flock apart from within.

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