Cusp-a point of transition, as from one historical period to the next;
the borders between the twelve astrological signs.
You are considered to be "on the cusp" if you were born
within a day or two of the beginning or end of any sign.

The Rocky Mountains, Lander's Peak, 1863; Albert Bierstadt

30 April 2012

Monday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Readings of the Day

Late Roman marble copy of the Kriophoros of Kalamis (Museo Barracco, Rome

Kriophoroi and "The Good Shepherd"

Jesus said:

"Amen, amen, I say to you,

whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate

but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber.

But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.

The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice,

as he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.

When he has driven out all his own,

he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him,

because they recognize his voice.

But they will not follow a stranger;

they will run away from him,

because they do not recognize the voice of strangers."

Although Jesus used this figure of speech,

they did not realize what he was trying to tell them.

So Jesus said again, "Amen, amen, I say to you,

I am the gate for the sheep.

All who came before me are thieves and robbers,

but the sheep did not listen to them.

I am the gate.

Whoever enters through me will be saved,

and will come in and go out and find pasture.

A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy;

I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly."

John 10:1-10

You are free

The life of Jesus offers a paradoxical set of possibilities. On the one hand there is “a wideness in God’s mercy,” as the old hymn says: Christ had come to save not only his own people but the whole world. Yet there’s also a “narrowness,” for he is the way to God. These two realities point to an even more peculiar situation: While God wants to save all creation, God has also given human beings the terrible freedom to turn away from that salvation. Why? Because God did not want to create machines who performed the divine will perfectly. God has given you great freedom. Choose to use it wisely.

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