Reflection — May 16th
‘My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me’ (verse 27).
Jesus’ claim to be ‘the good shepherd’ was made at the Feast of the Dedication (v22). This feast was held annually to commemorate the re-dedication of the Jerusalem temple after its restoration under Judas Maccabeus. During the feast, as part of the liturgy, Ezekiel 34 was read, a passage in which God expresses his anger at those he describes as the ‘shepherds’ of his flock (the leaders of his people). Far from fulfilling faithfully their leadership role, they were acting more like wolves and thieves, failing to care
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