Easter 4B (John 10: 11-18)
In the image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd many people have taken great comfort over the centuries. Yet if we examine the image closely within the context of the broader scriptural story, we can see a deep challenge by the Lord to trust in his leadership and care as he leads us out of the safety of the yard into the broad and wide lands of the world beyond. The Lord is always looking for a people who will be the signs and bringers of his kingdom into the world so that all people can hear his voice. Perhaps if we are too comfortable in our own little worlds and never venture beyond the confines of the yard - then the Good Shepherd will have to look for another people - another Church - to be his flock and his covenant people.
Recorded at St Michael's, 9.30am (8'28")