Hey everyone  – 

Have you ever felt like an outsider, like you didn’t belong, like you were different, or “other”?  

How many of us had the horrible experience as a kid in elementary school out on the playground during recess, with two popular classmates choosing up teams, and dying in a pile wondering if we’d ever get picked! 

I was always tall for my age, and skinny as a bean-pole, with firey-red curly hair, and super shy (I know, hard to believe!) – and most days I never quite felt like I fit in.  Even as a late-comer to Christian faith and the church, though I was warmly welcomed, sometimes I felt like I didn’t really belong.  Every so often I still feel “other” in the church!

So there’s a curious thing in our sermon text this week that I absolutely love.  Jesus is the Good Shepherd who says, “I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also…”  I love that Jesus values “otherness.”  I love that Jesus values inclusiveness.  It’s so…well, good shepherd-y!

Usually we say the others that Jesus meant here were the Gentiles (as opposed to the Jewish Pharisees with whom Jesus was talking). 

But could there be other others?

I hope you get a chance to take a look at John 10:11-18 – and bring your questions and insights to share as we engage the text together this Sunday!

Grace and peace,

Pastor Heidi

 Christ the Good Shepherd Catacomb of Priscilla 2nd half of the 3rd Century

Christ the Good Shepherd
Catacomb of Priscilla
2nd half of the 3rd Century