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A Baa'd Hair Day

I am the Good Shepherd: The Good Shepherd is one who lays down His life for his sheep
Acts 4:8-12; Psalm 118:1,8-9,21-23,26,28,29; I John 3:1-12; John 10:11-18

Sermon Week Fourth Sunday of Easter Cycle B

Scripture Summary John 10:11

Talk about a bad hair day (or should I say baa’d hair day). A sheep in Melbourne Australia recently received a much-needed shearing after rescuers found the abandoned animal with more than 75 pounds of wool weighing it down. Not surprisingly, before and after video of the celebrity sheep received more than 18 million views online.

Despite the heavy fleece, the animal was actually underweight after being sheared. As any good shepherd would be, one rescuer was delighted with the outcome saying, "He is doing so well today, surprising us and becoming more trusting too. We truly believe that he understands what we have done for him has eased his burden and changed him for the better." -1

Few things are more dependent than sheep. We may like to think of ourselves as being as clever as a fox, as strong as a horse or as wise as an owl, but it is very humbling to think of ourselves as sheep. Sheep are helpless creatures in desperate need of a shepherd.

Jesus calls His Church a flock of sheep, of which He is the Good Shepherd. Yet He also is the "Lamb of God." He goes, says the prophet Isaiah, "like a lamb to the slaughter." This Shepherd is not an autonomous individual. He derives the strength to be a shepherd from His own absolute dependence upon the Father -- the Source and End of all that is and all that will be. He loses His life in total commitment to the Father's Will and thus He discovers the life that makes Him "the Way, the Truth, and the Life." His commitment is not a matter of coercion but of freely willed obedience: "I lay down My life to take it up again. No one takes it from Me; I lay it down freely" (Jn.10:17,18). And all this in response to "the command I received from My Father" (Jn.10:18). His is not the false freedom of selfish independence; His is genuine freedom born of radical dependence.

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