God led the Chosen People from slavery in Egypt; however, a new kind of oppression later arose. Religious leaders became slaves to greed and power, exploiting the people as evil shepherds who rob and murder sheep—God’s people. A new Exodus was needed. It came with Jesus. The center Sunday of Easter has traditionally been “Good Shepherd Sunday.” By the gentle call of each by name, Jesus leads us, his wounded and abused sheep, out of the oppressive dimension of the institution of religion, into a glorious new sheepfold. There the sheep are so one with the shepherd that the bond is the same as that between the Father and Jesus.
Let go and give yourself to the Lord, then God will hold onto you; no one will be able to snatch you out of God’s hand.
I hearing the Shepherd’s voice. v. 27
You know me; I follow You. v. 27
No one snatching from Your hand v. 28
You and the Father are one. v. 30
For more about this way to pray see “Daily Bible Breaths” in the menu above.
This is the Fourth Week in Easter, Year C.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary.
Year C is dedicated to the Gospel of Luke, with focus on the Gospel of John in the later weeks of Lent and during the Easter Season.
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