(4 May 2014, 19 April 2015)
ALMIGHTY God, who has given your only Son to be unto us both a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life; Give us grace that we may always most thankfully receive his inestimable benefit, and also daily endeavor ourselves to follow the blessed steps of his most holy life; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
Ezekiel 34:11-16a; Psalm 23; 1 Peter 2:19-25; John 10:11-16
Today the Easter focus on the resurrection is expanded to include how Jesus was also an example for us to follow. Specifically, we follow him as sheep follow their shepherd. Every reading today speaks of God as our shepherd, gathering us, keeping us safe, and holding us close to him. Thus today is commonly nicknamed “Good Shepherd Sunday.” But it is the Epistle (and thereby also the Collect) that turns these beautiful descriptions into instructions: we are to follow and imitate Jesus, even if it means suffering for doing nothing wrong. Knowing of his resurrection gives us hope for ours, too.