This Sunday is Good Shepherd Sunday, the Sunday we celebrate Jesus’ description of himself as a good shepherd. The good shepherd loves his sheep, he lays his life down for his sheep. He knows the name of each sheep, and when he calls they listen to his voice. He is the shepherd that gives life, and abundant life at that.
We, of course, are the sheep. We are the flock. If you’ve ever met sheep, you’ll know that isn’t exactly a great compliment. Sheep are stubborn, skittish, and stinky. But Jesus, in the memorable phrase of Pope Francis, is a shepherd who smells like the sheep. That is a sign of Jesus’ love and care for us. Thanks be to God!
So, fellow-flock, here are some things for us to do together:
Come to our Burrito Bar fundraiser this Saturday, May 6th, from 5-8pm! Jaquan also needs help prepping for the fundraiser. Call the office for details. Purchase your tickets on our website, www.osanyc.org.
If you’re interested in being a sheep that stands up for other sheep, there are two great opportunities for what’s called upstander training. These are trainings that help us understand how to safely bear witness or even intervene in moments of bullying, police abuse, and other similar kinds of situations. Two trainings are coming this way: first this Sunday, from 3-5:30 pm at the LDS church on Riverside Drive, and also next Saturday, May 13th from 2-4 pm, right here at OSA. Let me know if you’re interested in coming.
See you soon,