"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them and they follow me." These words of Jesus from John chapter ten were the text for my sermon last week and speak deeply into my own faith. The words brought to mind a day five years ago when
while exploring ancient Greek, Roman and Christian ruins outside the Biblical town of Sardis, I looked up an embankment and discovered a lamb looking down at me.
I climbed the embankment and discovered a scattered flock, but a few moments later a shepherd appeared in the distance calling the sheep and one by one they responded and followed him. Indeed the sheep knew his voice and clearly he knew each one. It wasn't long before the shepherd reached me and with a smile handed me the young lamb that had been looking down at me. In that moment I was reminded of Jesus words to Peter, "Feed my sheep." The words of the Risen Christ to Peter were full of grace and that moment I had with the shepherd was for me a sign of a greater grace in my own life.
To hear me tell the story of the shepherd go to: http://www.yorkminsterpark.com/gather/webcast/index.php
Grace and Peace,