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Intercession Prayer for Sunday 7th May 2017

The Fourth Sunday of Easter.

Father of our Shepherd, Jesus Christ, You sent Him to Earth to care for your flock. To lead, not to heard. To open the gate to Your pasture, Not to round us up when we stray but to show us the way back to Your fold.

May this prayer encompass not only our words to You but, guided by Your Holy Spirit, that which you need us to hear today.

At Jesus baptism, You sent the blessing of Your Holy Spirit upon him as a dove. Send Your Spirit today to all those being baptised. Protect and sustain children as they grow, guide their parents, godparents and all who will care for them, that they may thrive.

Creator spirit, remind us of our own baptism and confirmation. Open our hearts and minds, to hear Your life giving word and be renewed by Your power.

Thank You Father that we live in a free democracy. We pray for the coming election. May the campaigns be fought on policy, not personality. On debate, not disparagement or dogma.

Source of truth and wisdom, guide us as we examine the options and remind us of our responsibility, to consider good and justice for all, not just our own needs and ends.

Heavenly Father, comfort all who grieve the death of a loved one or friend. Give strength to those who handle the formalities of death. Heal the unwell and injured in body or mind, according to their own need. and hear too the care of our own hears that we may say in silence within ourselves. 

Merciful Father, hear this prayer in the name of Your son, our Shepherd, Jesus Christ.

Amen.

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Breaking the Sheep’s Leg

Another Perspective on The Good Shepherd

I recently read about an old, but unproven and possibly only folklore, custom from biblical times. If a shepherd had a sheep, or a lamb that continually strayed from his flock he would break the animal’s leg. It made me wonder how, if it were true, how it might alter perception of The Good Shepherd; Jesus.

From the little I’ve discovered about it, it seems to be a case of being cruel to be kind, because after the shepherd broke the sheep’s leg, he would care for that sheep individually, himself. He set the leg in splints until it healed and when necessary he’d carry the sheep on his shoulders, no easy task, so that it wouldn’t have to walk. Over the time it took the leg to mend, the animal would learn to depend on the shepherd, so that even after it had fully healed it would stay close to him.

So far as we know, the only things Jesus broke were pre-conceptions, rules made by corrupt priests more interested in themselves, or those that cared more about ritual and tradition than the people they were supposed to minister to.

The nearest Jesus might have come to hurting someone, was probably when he overturned the moneychangers tables in the temple. Even then it would have been accidental, in the heat of the moment if an overturned table happened to land on someone’s foot.

We know that Jesus was never cruel and so far as we know he was never cruel to be kind either. In todays parlance, it might have been called ‘tough love’. Jesus never resorted to it but it makes me wonder, what if?

‘Yes of course it hurts, torture is supposed to hurt but you
do know we’re doing it for your own good …don’t you!