Read: John 10.9
“I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture.”
Consider: In Sunday’s reading (John 19.28-40), Pilate is the one who is coming in and going out. He literally goes outside and comes back in, physically moving between Jesus inside the palace, and the religious leaders outside calling for Jesus’ death. Though Pilate goes through the door many times, he is ultimately caught at the threshold of the gate. He hears the invitation, but he can’t quite bring himself to find pasture.
We all walk through many doors every day. Where do we find pasture? What is it that feeds our spirits when we come in, and when we go out? Think of “coming in” to the church community—what is the good green pasture to be found by coming in? And think of “going out” from the church community—what is the good green pasture to be found by going out?
How often do we, like Pilate, come in and go out by all our doors, yet miss Jesus’ invitation at the gate?
Pray: for the grace to hear, and to step across the threshold into God’s abundant life.