The message of the gospel is for all people. In His role as the Good Shepherd, Jesus cares for all of the ‘sheep’ in the world. In today’s reading Jesus says there are sheep in the ‘other flock’ as well. They too must become part of our flock.
Society has changed over the last fifty years. For the most part we have lost the neighborhood church or parish. Most people drive in to the church from their homes in neighborhoods spread out all over town. In our community people drive past several other churches on their way to their church. Often people are drawn to a church by denominational ties or because of a friend or family member who already attends that church.
One of the negatives to the community churches that dominate today is the reality that most churches have lost touch with their actual neighbors. Churches in general minister to the flock that is already inside the walls but struggle to connect with the ‘other flock.’ Those outside the walls of the church physically and spiritually are the ones Jesus seeks too.
As followers of Jesus we are called to a mission and purpose. We are called to share the love and light of Christ with the lost sheep, many of whom are our neighbors. The message of the cross is too powerful to keep to ourselves. As the sheep already in the flock, we know the voice of the Good Shepherd. Can you hear His voice calling us to reach the least and the lost? Can you hear His voice calling us outside the walls of our churches and into the lives of the ‘other flock’? Can you hear the call to share the good news? He is calling. Will you follow?
Scripture reference: John 10: 15b-18