Mine Know Me

 

Today, we remember Christ as the Good Shepherd.

I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

A hired man, who is not a shepherd and whose sheep are not his own, sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away, and the wolf catches and scatters them.

This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep.

I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me,

just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep.

—John 10

What does it mean to know God in this way? How do sheep know their shepherd as children know their father?

The caretaker is known by experience. The caretaker does not pass through one’s life like a visitor, nor idly lingers from time to time. The good shepherd is always there; ever attentive, ever concerned, eager for the prosperity and vigor of his flock.

Our Lord is not an uninterested watchmaker, nor a distant ruler awaiting the time for tax collection. Rather, God is our constant companion, our present guardian, the ready hand to hold us upright.

We know the Lord if we look for Him and heed Him, like young children who may recklessly wander or by obedience be guided along joyful adventures. As a child can be oblivious to love and to assistance, so we can become oblivious.

Strangely, not all people are artists or photographers. Two can see a vista and one is fascinated, the other bored; one is opened, the other unchanged. Similarly, a loving guardian can seem a captor or a friend, or be forgotten. The subject becomes an object; foreground becomes background, a stranger on the periphery.

Look for the Good Shepherd. The Lord is with you, always.

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  1. Full Size Tabby Member
    Full Size Tabby
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    A few years ago a young woman who grew up on a hobby farm on which her father raised sheep told me how as soon as her father approached the sheep pasture and said anything, the sheep would all come running to him. The woman said she or her mother could stand in the field and call the sheep all day long, and the sheep would ignore them. The sheep knew the person who was their caretaker, and who was not. 

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  2. EHerring Coolidge
    EHerring
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    Too many see the government and not God as their caretaker. 

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