May 8, 2022

Christ the Victim, Christ the Priest.  Christ the Shepherd, Christ the Lamb

Christ throughout his life played paradoxical roles.  Christ is all in all; and is all things to all people.  He is the Good Shepherd who, in the spring, goes into the meadows and fields and gathers the wee lambs into his arms and places them on his shoulders, bringing them back to the sheepfold where they will be safe and secure.

The Good Shepherd lays down his life for his sheep.  He himself said, I have the power to lay down my life, and I have the power to take it up again.  No one takes it from me.

My sheep hear my voice and follow me.  We must take up our cross and follow him facing possible persecution, calumny, slander, rejection, insults; all the things the Savior suffered.  No servant is greater than his Master.  We believe and hope in the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.  We must not grow discouraged and weary waiting with hope strung out over the years awaiting his coming.  Satan just loves it when we grow discouraged.

The Good Shepherd will return and call us home.  We will recognize the shepherd’s voice and follow him home.  What a glorious home coming!  The Book of Revelation today tells us, “The one who sits on the throne will shelter them.  They will not hunger or thirst anymore, nor will the sun or any heat strike them.  For the Lamb who is in the center of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to springs of life-giving water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

Mrs. Peggy Brechtel, OP

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