The Fourth Sunday of Easter
Readings: Acts 2:42-47; Ps 23; 1 Peter 2:1-10; John 10:1-10.
This Sunday we continue to marvel at the wonder and purpose of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. After all, we remain in the ‘season’ of Easter.
Our gospel reading will take us back to Jesus self-description as the sheep-recognised shepherd. Jesus is the one the sheep follow because they ‘hear’ and ‘know’ his voice. His voice stands in stark contrast to all other voices. At the call of any other the sheep will not follow.
Jesus goes on to clarify his parable. He is also the door through which the sheep are ‘saved’ and ‘find pasture’. All others, Jesus claims, would enter only to ‘steal, kill, and destroy’. Jesus, in contrast, comes not to pull us down, but to build us up. As Jesus says, ‘I came that they may have life and have it abundantly’.
It is a reminder that there are destructive voices in our world. Wonderfully, there is also the radically constructive voice of Jesus!
Our worship at St Barnabas will join with our Tongan brothers and sisters. At St Michael’s we will have our usual service. All are welcome!