Prayer: Help me to hear your voice, Good Shepherd. Amen.
Reading: John 10: 22-30 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: When I first started reading this verse, I wondered why it was the gospel reading for this coming Sunday. But then, I knew. It must be Good Shepherd Sunday this week! Once a year in the Easter Season, we are reminded that Jesus is the Good Shepherd.
Reading this passage also made me think of the camp song, “I Just Wanna Be a Sheep.” The chorus reminds us “I just wanna be a sheep (baa). I just wanna be a sheep (baa). Pray the Lord, my soul to keep. I just wanna be a sheep (baa).” If we truly want to be sheep, then we need to listen for Jesus’ voice. Be open to where Jesus may be telling you to serve his church and the world. Keep your ears open. Jesus wants you to hear him!
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