April 21, 2013

Sunday, we will hear the famous 23rd Psalm.  We want to both feel the passion of the Psalm and probe into its depth.  Being in the sheepfold is less a matter of what we believe and more a matter of belonging.  The New Testament lesson considers how people challenged Jesus to explain himself, and he let them know that they do not understand not for want of knowledge but because they are outside the sheepfold.  It is not an intellectual matter of having the answers.  It is a matter of belonging.  In the text, the shepherd speaks, and the sheep follow, not because they comprehend the words.  It is the music of his voice.