In worship today there was the theme of the shepherd. We heard the 23rd Psalm and John’s gospel where Jesus declares that he is the gate and the shepherd – the one who leads the chosen flock in safety. But, the other two readings today spoke to the age-old process of what defines our community of believers. The first Epistle from Peter reminds believers that they have a response based on being part of the Christian community and that response should be reflective of their participation in the Christian community that resides in the secular community. In our reading from the Acts of the Apostles, Peter is helping the 1st century Christians define what they do that sets them apart from the other believers. There are traits he offers in his sermon and, not surprisingly, we may need to consider the lead of Peter – and answer the question implied, “What does it mean to be a community of God [without being in proximity to each other]?”

I invite your comments,

Readings: Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 23; 1 Peter 2:19-25; John 10:1-10

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