John 10:11-18 The Good Shepherd
‘I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.’
The voice of Christ calls, not just Lenny out into the world, but each one us out into the world today. To show love not just in words and speech, but deeds and actions as we tend to the scattered flock with God’s amazing love and the voice of the great shepherd who laid down his life for us. We are all called to continue the work of the great shepherd, caring for one another, loving each other, dying a little for each other, opening doors and tearing down barriers, bringing everyone into the sheepfold of God’s beloved flock.
Continue this work Lenny and we will continue that work here at St. Mark’s as we work together in the church to follow the voice of the Good Shepherd. For in that work, goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our lives.