Psalm 22

I am the gate of the sheepfold [1].  Jesus is our access to where we want to be.   He welcomes us, first, to himself.   We go in, not brushing past him, but being helped through by him.   He is gate and gatekeeper.  At this entrance there is a new beginning.  Our way to new life is the way of the Lord.  He shows us what to do.  Our saviour guides us from death to life, from lifelessness to new life.  We pass the gate of the sheepfold...
We are afflicted so that the works of God might be displayed [1]. This ‘displaying’ of the God’s goodness happens in many different ways.   Prayer, calm endurance, steady coping with the crisis of the moment, the seeking and generous giving of help: these and other responses to trouble can enable a glimpsing of the divine love and purposes.  The man born blind sought no miracle. He asked for nothing.  It was the disciples who detected a puzzle in the difficult life he...