Here is a parable or similitude [an expression of a comparison], taken from the customs of the East, in the management of sheep. Men, as creatures depending on their Creator, are called the sheep of his pasture. The church of God in the world is as a sheep-fold, exposed to deceivers and persecutors. The great Shepherd of the sheep knows all that are his, guards them by his providence, guides them by his Spirit and word, and goes before them, as the Eastern shepherds went before their sheep, to set them in the way of his steps. Ministers must serve the sheep in their spiritual concerns. The Spirit of Christ will set before them an open door. The sheep of Christ will observe their Shepherd, and be cautious and shy of strangers, who would draw them from faith in him to fancies about him.
Many who hear the word of Christ, do not understand it, because they will not. But we shall find one scripture expounding another, and the blessed Spirit making known the blessed Jesus. Christ is the Door. And what greater security has the church of God than that the Lord Jesus is between it and all its enemies? He is a door open for passage and communication. Here are plain directions how to come into the fold; we must come in by Jesus Christ as the Door. By faith in Him as the great Mediator between God and humanity. Also, we have precious promises to those that observe this direction. Christ has all that care of His church, and every believer, which a good shepherd has of his flock; and He expects the church, and every believer, to wait on Him, and to keep in His pasture.
On Good Shepherd Sunday (Easter IV), we remember all seminarians or prospective ordinands who are studying for the sacred priesthood especially in our diocese: Chitan Thompson, Bryton Ward, Travis Fernander, Eric Miller & Dave Thomas.