The Fourth Sunday of Easter

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.” — Psalm 23:1

The image of the Shepherd as a description of Jesus’s relationship to his disciples is about as well known if not more so than the Psalm from which it finds its greatest expression! For most of us, we rarely if ever encounter shepherds from day to day, but yet the image doesn’t seem to lose its cache. It still provides some measure of comfort and meaning for those seeking to understand their relationship to God and to his ways.”

This Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Easter, I would like to consider this image once again—specifically from the language of the twenty-third Psalm—to see in what ways God is said to be and act as our Shepherd, not simply going ahead of us to show us the way to follow, but by also coming around to follow us in goodness and mercy. What kind of Shepherd is this who not only leads the way but also follows behind?!

I look forward to seeing you on Sunday! Peace.




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