Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Daily Readings for

Daily Lectionary

May 1: Exodus 20:1–24; Luke 4:1–15
May 2: Exodus 22:20—23:13; Luke 4:16–30
May 3: Exodus 23:14–33; Luke 4:31–44
May 4: Exodus 24:1–18; Luke 5:1–16
May 5: Exodus 25:1–22; Luke 5:17–39
May 6: Exodus 31:1–18; Luke 6:1–19
May 7: Looking forward to The Third Sunday of Easter: Ezekiel 34:11–16; 1 Peter 2:21–25; John 10:11–16


Old Testament: Ezekiel 34:11–16 [God is our Shepherd]
Epistle: 1 Peter 2:21–25 [Life through God’s Word]
Holy Gospel: John 10:11–16 [The Good Shepherd]

The Good Shepherd Cares for His Sheep
Our Lord Jesus is the Good Shepherd (John 10:11–16). He is not like the hireling, who cares nothing for the sheep and only for himself, who flees when he sees the wolf coming. Rather, Jesus is the Good Shepherd who seeks out His scattered sheep to deliver them (Ezekiel 34:11–16). He gathers them and feeds them in rich pasture. He binds up the broken and strengthens the sick. He lays down His life for wandering and wayward sheep. On the cross, Christ bore in His body the attacks of the predators of sin and death and the devil for you that you might be saved. He now lives to restore your soul in the still waters of baptism, to lead you in the paths of righteousness by the voice of His Gospel, to prepare the table of His holy supper before you, that you may dwell in the house of the Lord forever (Psalm 23). “For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls” (1 Peter 2:25).

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