Sunday’s Reflection: John 10:1-10. Jesus is the shepherd who knows and tends to his sheep. Jesus does identify himself as the Good Shepherd in verse 11, but our text stops at verse 10, leaving us with the identification: “I am the gate for the sheep.” How might you understand Jesus to be the gate in this passage?
We are not the first to ask this question, and numerous theories and approaches exist. One common interpretation is the idea of Jesus as the gate to salvation. For me, the most powerful meaning of Jesus as the gate is in connection with his will for all to have abundant life. Jesus as the gate stands between us and the thieves and bandits who would kill and destroy. But Jesus as the gate takes the full force of this threat, creating a safe pasture in which we might attain abundant life. (Sermons That Works, by Charlotte LaForest)
Alleluia! Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia!
Rector’s Message: Many thanks to all of you for your continued support to St. Michael’s Church. We have been receiving your tithes, offerings and donations to keep the ministry of our parish. Again, Church is NOT cancelled. We are just doing it in another way. This is just for the time being. Also, we have re-started our Wednesday prayers. Join us (virtually) for a time of prayer and reflection at 7:00pm.
Last week, I was in touch with some of our parishioners, and everyone I spoke with seems to be doing well. I mean safe and healthy. Pray for our church family. Pray for all frontline workers. Pray for all working from their homes. Pray for healing and restoration of the whole creation.