Our Need for a Good Shepherd
Joining the flock
May 3, 2020
Father David Jones
The people needed a Good Shepherd. And so, Jesus came from heaven to earth. If you want to live right you have to always put God in the picture. Today is Sunday and this particular Sunday is a chance to put God in your fourth week of Easter.
For some people today is just another day
But for those whose eyes are watching God
Today is a day to greet God with a rousing Happy Easter
A day to celebrate that He would not come down off the cross
Just to save himself,
But he rose from the dead just to save me.
Put God in the picture
And today is not just Sunday
Rather it is the first day of a brand-new week
Where God has given some a moment, some 604,800 seconds
to live. Sunday tells us just focus on this week.
Just try to walk with Jesus
And talk with Jesus
Moment by moment
One day at a time
And let God lead your life this week.
The hard part is letting go and letting God.
Truth be told, we want to do what we want to do
And more grandly, we don’t want to do, what we don’t want to do.
And then comes God, always asking us to do something.
Even as we stay at home on a Sunday
The church is open and God is asking us to do something.
This is the invitation that Jesus is extending to the Pharisees.
But they do not receive the Body of Christ.
He is a stranger to them
They do not recognize his voice
They will run away from him.
Jesus tells them there are thieves and robbers.
There are those who climb over the wall
And those who come in through the gate.
There is a shepherd
And there is a gatekeeper
There are those who recognize
And those who cannot see
And cannot hear on this glorious Sunday morning.
There are those who hear
And one who calls
And the one who calls, leads those who hear and recognize out
And the one who calls drives them out
He drives out all who are his own.
Jesus tells them all this Good News
But some don’t get it.
For them it’s just another week
But for the ones who receive the Good News
It’s a brand-new week
A fresh start to a bright future.
Take the fresh start church
Let the Lord use you
And receive a better week this week.
Because the Pharisees only wanted to do what they wanted to do
They missed the invitation that God in the person of Jesus
Extends to each one of us every day.
We are invited into the fold
We are invited into the community
And when we accept this invitation
We are invited to be led out and do the work of the Lord.
Not led out to the bank
Not led out to the grocery store
Not led out to the doctor
The flock is the church
And those who recognize His voice
And follow His lead
Are being led out into the world
To bring the invitation and the blessing of God
To those who need to be saved from their sins.
If you want to live right
Put God in your picture frame and your door frame
And let him forgive your sin
So he can lead His church.
Eye has not seen, ear has not heard
What God has ready for those who are waiting on the Lord.
There is a movie called The Shack
And in The Shack
God is a Black woman
And she cooks!
And one day a man who has suffered a great loss
The loss of a child
Gets up the courage to confront this woman while she is in her kitchen cooking.
And he goes up and goes off
How in the world can you be stirring a pot?
When my child needed you
And when things kept getting worse
And bad stuff was happening to good people
And you are just standing there stirring a pot!
He yelled and screamed
And the woman kept stirring and smiled slightly
And said child, you have no idea how much I am doing right now.
Church, don’t ever underestimate God
God is always doing something
And when it feels like we have too much to bear
God is doing something extra special,
We may not know the details
But as long as we know the God,
We don’t have to worry about the devil in the details.
God is inviting the Pharisees, all of those who want to do what they want to do on their own
To join the flock.
Being in the flock is our blessing
Keeping in the flock is our work
Staying in the flock is our sacrament
Life is more abundant when it is life
Lived, shared and loved
With sisters and brothers in Christ Jesus
In the house of the Lord
And the heaven of our Father
That’s not about the after life
That’s about the life that begins when we
Reserve the right to serve
On the first day of a brand-new week
With an old time and on time God.
Be a better you this week than you were last week,
Meaning give God a little more time
And when God leads us out
We will be read, not for the troubles of the world
But rather for the goodness of the Lord.