O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.Readings from the Revised Common Lectionary:
First Reading: Acts 2:42-47
Psalm: Psalm 23
Second Reading: 1 Peter 2:19-25
Gospel: John 10:1-10
Jesus said, "Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers." Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
So again Jesus said to them, "Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly."Lectionary and Easter Season Reflections:
Ekklesia Project: Coming In, Going Out.
The Brazos Blog: Lectionary Reflections on 1 Peter 2:19-25.
The gospel is that God does justice in Jesus Christ. God wars against injustice when the divine Son “becomes flesh” and takes “the form of a slave,” entering fully into the deepest and broadest realms of injustice, becoming vulnerable to its consequences, absorbing its destructive power, and allowing himself to be conquered by its agents, to be crucified.
In this ultimate act of submission to the power of injustice, Christ reveals his ultimate freedom to be just; that is, in his own death, to honor, serve, and forgive the very agents of human injustice that murder him, rather than to inflict their just punishment upon them.
The Father receives and honors this ultimate act of life-giving justice by giving life to the just one, raising him from the dead, revealing him as the one in whom alone true justice is eternally enacted. The Holy Spirit draws and binds us to this just one and makes us participants in his justice as we both receive it and do it.