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Reflection by Revd Fiona Brown
July 18th 2021
The disciples have returned from being sent out on their own and they are excited at what they have seen and done. Jesus takes them to one side to tell him about everything, but the people find them and Jesus is moved with compassion at their neediness. He says they are like sheep without a shepherd.
Read St Mark’s Gospel 30 – 34; 53 – 56
What sort of picture do you have in your mind when you think about shepherds? Is it a caring image, someone looking after their sheep, knowing them and all their different characters?
In the Middle East the shepherd walks ahead of the sheep and they follow him. The sheep know their shepherd and get close to him, jostling for the closest spot which brings them closer to the other sheep too. They know which shepherd is theirs. They trust him and he knows them as individuals with all their foibles. He knows when they need help.
The closer we are to Jesus the closer we should be to each other too. He is someone whom we can trust and whose voice we need to recognise so that we can stay there, close to him.
Lord, help us to hear your voice and recognise it and not let it be drowned out by the clamour of other voices wanting to distract us. As we get closer to you help us to be welcoming to other sheep rejoicing that they too are growing close to you. Amen.
Read Psalm 23
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