We are the Sheep Called to be Good Shepherds

Daily Theology

For those of us following the western liturgical calendar, today marks the fourth Sunday of Easter. This day is commonly referred to as “Good Shepherd” Sunday because the Gospel reading comes from the tenth chapter of John, where Jesus declares himself both the gate and the shepherd, caring for and protecting his sheep from the multitude of evils, dangers, strife, and temptations present in the world.

Until a few years ago, I never gave much thought to the image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd. This was not based in any conscious aversion to the image, although I must admit, if given the option on any sort of BuzzFeed quiz or equivalent, I would certainly not claim “sheep” as my spirit animal. But in recent years, Jesus as the Good Shepherd has been a constant source of rich prayer for me. I remember my first prayer encounter with John…

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