In the current readings in the Gospel Jesus is teaching a lot about sheep and shepherds. In the Gospel reading this on Sunday it described the care a shepherd gives to their sheep and said that if it was a hired shepherd when danger, or the wolf, arrives they literally “run for the hills”!
In the Bible it talks about the Good Shepherd calling each of the sheep by name, looking out for them and keeping them safe. It is not simply someone “doing their job” but a deep rooted care for the safety, care and well-being of the flock around them.
In education we are called to go beyond being the “hired hand” to know, love and cherish every person we are responsible for. At the heart of this is the belief that it is important that every person in our community feels and knows that they are “known and loved” as an individual.
Jesus is also known as the “Good Shepherd” and seeks us out to bring us back to God in some way. In other teaching He talks about the rejoicing of when we are “lost and found” and how God seeks us out when we head in the wrong direction.
So although our lives may seem very different to the shepherds on the hills at the time of Jesus maybe there is plenty we can learn from them.
- Help us listen out for God’s call for us – whatever this may be. We hope that we will be blessed by being happy and fulfilled in whatever we do.
- Challenge us to remember the deeper meaning of all we do – we aren’t just here to fill the day or pay the bills but our work in education and serving young people has a profound and deep meaning.
- May we seek out those who are lost or need to be kept safe by us in all we do – we remember especially relationships we find challenging or young people who need the security, love and protection of being part of the St Paul’s family.
We hope, that with God’s help, we can be great shepherds in all we do.