Have you ever wondered why we celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday every year?
Scripture presents a variety of gorgeous, deeply compelling images for God. Any number of them might have provided us with the occasion to celebrate the nature and essence of God’s being and relationship to us.
For instance, the crafters of the church calendar might have given us a day for celebrating God as the divine potter who shapes our lives.
They might have proscribed a day to celebrate Christ the holy mother hen, whose wings enfold her chicks in love and longing.
They might have gathered a set of readings to honor breath as the manifestation of peace and divine presence in the Holy Spirit.
There are plenty of other images too—images of God as light and wisdom. Images of God as the still small voice. Images of God our “strong rock, the castle that keeps us safe.” (paraphrase of Psalm 31).
But, out of their plentiful options, the makers of the lectionary chose to lift up Good Shepherd Sunday.