Monday, April 23, 2012

John 10:11-18


Easter 4 - Year B


Shepherds and sheep are mutually dependent upon one another. This is an ancient and deep relationship. They have an investment in one another’s well-being.

It is the investment that they have in one another that defines each of them.

We have often used this in a hierarchical model of G*D directs (has a plan for) Jesus. Jesus, in turn, directs (has a plan for) us (his sheep).

Listen again for the issue of inclusion (I have other sheep beyond this flock) and investment (I lay down my life for sheep far and near). While listening, take advantage of the opportunity to evaluate how your day is going in regard to inclusion beyond your usual contacts and your investment in larger living that will take your energy and resources to move relationships toward mutuality.

The United Methodist Church erroneously claims that baptized, gifted, and called gays and lesbians may not be ordained. Today I’ll be carrying a sign, still to be written, that will say something like:

It is right, and a good and joyful thing,
that GLBTIQ UMs
always and everywhere give thanks to G*D
by praying
The Great Thanksgiving

Too subtle?

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