You can see all the lectionary readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year C by clicking here. I have chosen to discuss the passage from the Gospel of John.
Today’s story takes place in winter, during the time of Hanukkah. Jewish leaders are gathered around Jesus in the Temple area. They are demanding to know if he is the Messiah.
Jesus says that he has told them already, but they did not believe.
“I do miracles in my Father’s name. These miracles show who I am. But you do not believe, because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give my sheep eternal life. They will never die, and no one can take them out of my hand. My Father is the one who gave them to me, and he is greater than all. No one can steal my sheep out of his hand. The Father and I are one.”John 10:25b-30 (Easy-to-Read Version)
As they asked in that time, we must ask in our time? Who is Jesus? And how do we live if we follow him? He is the Good Shepherd, who loves us and holds us and guides us. We are to follow in his footsteps, his mission to heal and liberate and reach out to the marginalized and hurting. How do we live our best lives in that mission?