Our Good Shepherd
Fifth Friday in Lent
Althea Causini – Adelaide DOJ
Isn’t it mind-blowing to think that someone who had full rights to the kingdom of Go, would choose to be put to a shameful death? For us?
In John 10, Jesus tells the crowd that He is the Good Shepherd, who is freely willing to give up His life for His sheep. This is so unfathomable, and the crowd is not able to reconcile who Jesus is, so they ask for the plain truth “Are you the Messiah?”. In response, Jesus refers to how He does things by His father’s authority, how His father loves Him and that He and the father are one, but people pick up stones to throw at Him.
The sheer injustice of this situation after all Jesus’ good deeds, miracles, healing, teaching and being a part of their community till now.
Does this sound familiar to you? Have you ever been unjustly treated?
Reflecting on my own life, there have been so many time when I was excluded for being a woman or unjustly treated for my ethnic origin or just being alienated for standing up for the right thing.
In John 10:33, the stoners suggest that they are stoning Jesus because He is mere man, claiming to be God.
But He is God, the scripture foretold His coming, His deeds were supernatural and yet it was so unfathomable for them.
How often do we doubt God’s power and salvation for us!
When we are stuck in a rut and can’t find a way out or when we fall into sin and shame or when we stray away or need healing.
This is a good reminder of the unfathomable truth of Jesus Christ our Good Shepherd, who will leave His flock for one lost sheep and freely die for us despite being the Almighty powerful God – waiting and wanting for us to reach out to Him and His salvation for us.
Reading: Jeremiah 20:10-13
Gospel: John 6:63c, 68c