Greetings in the name of Christ
We are in the forth Sunday after resurrection, The readings for this week points us to Jesus as good Shepherd. The Psalmist in Psalm 23 says “ The Lord is my Shepherd I shall not want”. Doug Klembara has this to say about humanistic version of psalm 23 :
The Lord is my shepherd, but I still want. I want whatever my heart desires. He make me to lie down in green pastures, but I spy grass that is greener on the other side of the fence. He leadeth me beside the still waters, but I know of still more exciting places where I’d love to drink my fill.
He restoreth my soul when I want to live life the way I see fit. He maketh me to walk in the paths of righteousness when I want to run in the open fields of the world—eating where I want.
He leads me for His name’s sake, but I want to make a name for myself. I want others to envy me, to speak ill of me if they wish, but secretly to covet who I am and what I’ve done. Come valleys of the shadow of death, come storm and wind, hail and rain, I shall not fear, such is our version of Psalm 23. So our untamed hearts sing. We don’t want a Good Shepherd, but a hireling, one who does not own us. We crave our freedoms: freedom to walk in unrighteousness paths , freedom to twist every story to paint ourselves in the best light, to lie when we ought to confess, and to confess other men’s lies to make our own wool seem that much whiter than theirs.
We are all sheep going astray.
Return to the shepherd and overseer of your souls. For the freedoms you crave are slaveries in disguise.
The Lord is your Shepherd, your Good Shepherd. And all He wants is you.
For us, who are the sheep that love to wander, He rescued, He laid down His life for us. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow us , shall precede us shall be on your right and on your left, above you and below you, all the days of your life, and you shall dwell in the flock of the Lord forever.
Let us be assured that no one will snatch us out of a Good Sherperd’s hand. May God grant that all who hear his voice may know him who calls us each by name and follow where he leads, for He lives and reign in the unity of the blessed Trinity, one God, forever and ever Amen.
Peace be with us all