Resting with the Shepherd

Sunday: The Gospels from the Lectionary
John 10:1-10

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Christians of ancient Rome buried their dead and worshipped in underground chambers called catacombs. The earliest images of art found on those dark walls are drawings of Jesus as the Good Shepherd.

The entrances to the catacombs were reminders that Jesus is the door to the Sheepfold. There Christians were safe from the emperor-thief intent upon destroying God’s beloved ones.

Today is “Good Shepherd Sunday.” There is an ancient tradition of reading from John 10 on this center Sunday of the Easter Season. We read three sections of this chapter in the three-year cycle.

On Tuesday we will begin to read from the Song of Songs where the beloved of the Shulamite woman is a shepherd. Rest in the love of the Good Shepherd who came to life again.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
You calling me by my name v. 3
Following knowing Your voice v. 4
You the gate to inner life v.7
“I came that they may have life.”v. 10

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for the version for children and families.

This is the Fourth Week in Easter, Year A.
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Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from
The Revised Common Lectionary.

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The Fourth Sunday in Easter
John 10:1-10

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Christians of ancient Rome buried their dead and worshipped in underground chambers called catacombs. The earliest images of art found on those dark walls are drawings of Jesus as the Good Shepherd. The entrances to the catacombs were reminders that Jesus is the door to the Sheepfold. There Christians were safe from the emperor-thief intent upon destroying God’s beloved ones.

Today is “Good Shepherd Sunday.” There is an ancient tradition of reading from John 10 on this center Sunday of the Easter Season. We read three sections of this chapter in the three-year cycle.

On Tuesday we will begin to read from the Song of Songs where the beloved of the Shulamite woman is a shepherd. Rest in the love of the Good Shepherd who came to life again.


Bible Breaths

You calling me by my name v. 3
Following knowing Your voice v. 4
You the gate to inner life v.7
“I came that they may have life.”v. 1

See “Bible Breaths” in Pages to the right for print versions from the Fourth to the Seventh Week in Easter. See also the article “Bible Breaths and World Unison Prayer.”


Sundays are dedicated to the Gospels from The Revised Common Lectionary.
See “Reading Plan at a Glance” in Pages to the right.


Better that Jesus Go

Friday of the Fifth Week in Easter, Year B
John 16:1-15

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Jesus prepares his disciples and us for the persecutions that are to come. Again, the situation for the very writing of this Gospel is disclosed: “They will put you out of synagogues.” Jesus promises the Holy Spirit as the Comforter in the dislocation of Jesus’ disciples from being able to worship as Jews.

Jesus announces that he is going away. He softens the sadness by stating that it is better that this be so; otherwise, “The Helper will not come to you.” Jesus of Nazareth releases himself from being a limited presence on the earth. Because of the resurrection, Christ’s body is beyond being bound by time and space. The Lord Christ lives in limitless space and eternity itself. Yet all the intimacy of his presence is preserved for you, because of the coming of the Holy Spirit into your heart.


Fridays in the Easter Season are dedicated to the Gospel of John.

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