May 2

John 10:1-5

“When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice.” vs. 4

We don’t particularly like to think of ourselves as sheep. We would prefer to believe that we are well-informed, intelligent individuals, who are perfectly capable of making up our own minds about matters of consequence. But in truth, we’re really sheep, and mostly dependent on the leadership of others–and that’s exactly where it gets tricky. If there were only one leader calling our name, there would be no problem–we could just follow and obey. But instead there are many would-be leaders calling us to follow, and often they lead in exactly contrary directions. We’ve gotten a good taste of this as we begin to emerge from our months of self-confinement. Politicians, scientists, and charlatans are calling our names and giving conflicting information–and since none of us are clairvoyant or even particularly well-informed, we’re hard-pressed to know who is telling us the truth. And since we’re sheep at heart, generally we just pick ones who align with our prejudices and go with them. Are we making the right choices? Who knows? But there is one voice that stands out from among all the others, and that’s the voice of the Good Shepherd, Jesus. He may not have much to say about masks and viruses, but he will lead us on the path of love and service. If we open our eyes we’ll see his flock at work all around. They’re the ones who are the real heroes of this crisis.

Thought for the Day: How do I choose my leaders?

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