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Weekly Moravian Message: May 7, 2017

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Listening to the Good Shepherd

Jesus is our shepherd and leads to the way of life. A clear truth spoken to in John’s Gospel—a truth, however, that is sometimes hard to grasp. How often do we look for other guides for life’s ultimate answers? How often do we look to a self-help book or political views as our ultimate guide and definer of what’s important?

As individuals and as church, we can find ourselves looking to other guides, listening to other voices. Congregations can strive to be like this or that other church, in order to gain members, money, influence, or power—instead of being who Christ calls them to be.

The only way forward for us is to listen to the Shepherd’s voice. In John’s Gospel, Jesus speaks of going on ahead of the sheep, and the sheep follow, because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger.

How do we listen to Christ as a church and as individuals? Cultivating time to pray and listen for Christ’s voice is vital, opening up the Scriptures to passages (even if they make us uncomfortable) is important, and listening to the Spirit of Christ present in the faith community is necessary. The only way forward for us is to cultivate lives and communities attentive to Christ’s voice and to follow.

Marian Boyle Rohloff, pastor, West Side Moravian Church

Green Bay, Wisconsin

Moravian Daily Texts


Wednesday, March 21 — Psalm 37:34–40
Exodus 27:1–28:14; Matthew 25:14–30

God said, “By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” Genesis 3:19

As all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:22

God of compassion, you have told us that you care for the poor and abandoned. We confess how little our hearts share this concern. We see very little beyond our own needs. Today, help us change. May we see you in the least and the last. Amen.

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