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Gospel Reflection for May 12, 2019, 4th Sunday of Easter

10 May

Sunday Readings: Acts 13.14, 43-52; Revelation 7.9, 14-17;  John 10.27-30

“The Father and I are one.” – John 10.30

John’s gospel uses shepherding imagery to describe Jesus’ relationship with those who believe in him. Jesus’ first words in Sunday’s gospel are plain but theologically loaded. “My sheep hear my voice,” Jesus says. Hearing his words is believing. Those who believe recognize that Jesus reveals God. “I know them, and they follow me,” Jesus continues. To  know refers to deep, personal belonging. To follow expresses wholehearted allegiance. The gospel escalates as Jesus promises believers eternal life and insists “no one will snatch them from his hand.” These promises lead to Jesus’ inflammatory claim: “The Father and I are one.” Many Jewish hearers of these words reach for rocks to stone Jesus for blasphemy, for making himself equal to God. In John’s gospel Jesus is from above. He preexists with the Father. All things come into being through him. This understanding of Jesus creates hostility with other Jews.

What divides people today in our church? What do Jesus’ words “the Father and I are one” mean to you and for you?


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Gospel Reflection for April 17, 2016, 4th Sunday of Easter

13 Apr

Sunday Readings: Acts 13.14, 43-52; Revelation 7.9, 14-17; John 10.27-30

“The Father and I are one.”

(John 10.30)

In chapter 10, John gospel makes an extended comparison between Jesus and shepherds who pasture, protect, and water their flocks and by night sleep in the opening of the sheepfold and become its gate. Sunday’s short gospel passage comes about three quarters of the way through this good shepherd chapter. The words speak promise and comfort as a Sunday reading or a funeral reading. Jesus knows us, his followers; we know him. No one can snatch us from Jesus’ hand or his Father’s hand. In the context of the whole chapter, Jesus’ statement, “The Father and I are one,” causes his listeners to reach for rocks to stone Jesus for blasphemy, for making himself one with and equal to God. In John’s gospel Jesus is from above; he preexists with the father. In chapter 10 near the end Jesus counters, “If I do the works of God, put faith in them (10.38).” Faith in Jesus and his works is faith in God.

What insights into our relationship with God as believers do you find in the imagery of the good shepherd?

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