Sunday, 11 May 2014
On Being Without Benefit of Flock
Pastor Julianna preached on John 10 and our need for a Shepherd and of being part of his flock. She remarked on the dangers of being "without benefit of flock or Shepherd" all in the context of Mother's Day, parenting and the kidnapping of the school girls in Nigeria.
Pastor Julianna's phrase "without benefit of flock" impacted me particularly because, as we begin our retirement, I feel a bit like that's where we will be for a while as I make the transition from parish priest to parishioner at StB.
Being part of a flock has benefits. Safety is one. Having a Shepherd watching for and defending us against thieves and bandits is another. Predators always go for the individuals who are careless enough to wander from the flock. We are most vulnerable when we are alone.
So, even though the retirement and search for a new Parish Priest process means it's best we don't go to StB for a while, it's really important that we keep going to church during this time. Jude and I need the benefits of flock in the Church of Medicine Hat or wherever we are.
We all do.
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