In this Sunday’s Gospel we will be thinking about Jesus, The Good Shepherd. If you’ve ever watched as a farmer tries to round the sheep (or tried it yourself) you will know how difficult it can be. Even with a well-trained dog, sheep are unpredictable, indecisive, sometimes will follow each other, other times not. You may just get the flock round-up when one will break away and before you know it, they’re all scattered again!
It can be pretty much like that in our own lives. Our thoughts can be like wayward sheep, sometimes we know exactly what we want, other times we are more indecisive and then again, there may be times when we choose something just because it’s what our friends chose. Even our actions can be like this – sometimes we lead, other times we follow, or we may wander off on our own. Written down like this, it can make our whole being seem chaotic and disorganised. But we know it isn’t always like this and, if we follow Jesus, it need never be like this.
We will always meet obstacles, have days when we cannot make up our minds, have other days when the only right choice seems to be to follow our neighbour but, in the end, Jesus is always there to guide and shepherd us. Jesus is our Saviour, and, in following Jesus, we know we will always go the right way.
John 10:27-30 (ESV)
I and the Father Are One
27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”
Did you know that every week we send home The Wednesday Word? This is your chance to read the Gospel for the coming Sunday together as a family – we send it home in a child friendly format and it includes activities and puzzles and ideas for discussion and prayer.