Sunday Scripture Reflection: John 10:11-18
Updated: Apr 27
On this Fourth Sunday of Easter, we will read from the Gospel according to John. This Sunday's theme is of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, and the love that the Good Shepherd has for his entire flock. This reflection will focus on the expansive love of Jesus, and how his love challenges us to go beyond our comfort zones and to reach out to others, far and wide!
Our Scripture passage is found in the Gospel according to John. You may find the Scripture lesson by selecting the following link: (John 10:11-18).
For continuing study, reflect on these questions (found in the study guide below):
After reading the Scripture lesson for today, reflect on the description of the model shepherd, and list some of the important actions and traits of the Good Shepherd.
For comparison, read Ezekiel 34:11-16 (link - HERE) and consider: what does God, the shepherd, do for the sheep?
After reading the "WHAT..." paragraph in the guide below, reflect on the challenges we have as a people when we consider God's expansive love, and the fact that God is the shepherd of many and different people.
After reading the "WHERE..." paragraph below, reflect on the idea that "other sheep" in the first century context of this Gospel reading may have pointed toward the mission to the Gentiles; but now also consider God's mission of reaching out to people today and who might be the marginalized ones who most need God's help.
After reading the "SO WHAT..." paragraph below, reflect on the author's statement that there are "many voices out there vying for our attention;" and how it might be easy to give our precious few moments to the voices we prefer...but where might God be calling you to listen to others?
After reading the "NOW WHAT..." paragraph, consider the community aspect of being God's people (the whole flock!), and reflect on ways your community might be more inviting to those who are outside the community's regular daily action, and how those folks can be welcomed into your community.