Carry the gospel with you

Posted in christian, Christianity, inspirational, religion, scripture by Mike on April 21, 2013

Gospel reading of the day:

John 10:27-30

Jesus said: “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to shepherd-with-a-flock-of-sheep-1884.jpg!Blogme, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.”

Reflection on the gospel reading: Jesus was a man of his time and his place, who taught the people who were around him using images and metaphors which were accessible to them. In his time, so dependent on activities like subsistence farming and maintaining herds and flocks, images which were accessible and meaningful to his listeners included the metaphor of shepherds who watch over their flocks and sheep who hear, recognize, and follow the shepherd’s voice and by means of that voice, remain safe. Jesus, of course, is the shepherd, and as the shepherd, he is our way, truth, and life. The course he sets for us may not always be evident, but if we listen for his voice and follow it, we will be safe.

Spiritual reading: Forgiveness breaks the chain of causality because those who forgive you out of love take upon themselves the consequences of what you have done. Forgiveness, therefore, always entails a sacrifice. The price you must pay for your own liberation through another’s sacrifice is that you in turn must be willing to liberate in the same way, irrespective of the consequences to yourself. (Dag Hammarskjold)


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