Fast Day 24

Tuesday, 16th March

Reading John 10: 1-10

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full

John 10:10

The shepherd is there more than to chase away the wolf or thief, but to allow a fullness of life. The shepherd stays up at night to provide aid at the time of lambing, provides a source of drinking water, and guides the sheep to fresh pastures. The shepherd shows great love, and the sheep know this. Sheep however are animals able to make decisions and do sometimes wander. They may go on to the road where the verge’s grass, additionally fertilized by car exhaust fumes containing nitrogen, is longer than the already grazed field. The grass may look greener on the busy road, but this is a place of danger, what might look a fullness of life might not really be so, and the shepherd in modern times also fixes the fence or dry stone wall. What greenness do we look for that the shepherd knows we shouldn’t? What fullness of life do we sometimes take for granted, that we need to praise the Good Shepherd for providing?

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