Sermon by The Rev. Christopher Hogin
Sunday, April 22, 2018
“We imagine ourselves in the after-life with beautiful, solid forms. What if that’s not the case? What if, when we leave this earth, our wounds do not vanish, but instead, become healed and redeemed. That’s what happened to Jesus in the resurrection. His wounds never vanished. Instead, they were transformed and healed into something new, beautiful, and meaningful. Maybe that’s what will happen to us. Just as refinished antiques become more beautiful and valuable once refinished, so too will we. Maybe our wounds never go away but remain in our renewed bodies. The wounds then become a reminder to us of our growth and our renewal in God through Christ.” From The Rev. Christopher Hogin’s sermon on Sunday, April 22, 2018.
The Gospel: John 10:11-18
Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.”