Gospel John 10:1-5
”Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of stranger.”
There is something that strikes me about this passage, reminding me I am a back door person. Going in the back door means there is a relationship with the people in the house. You know the people well who live inside the house. They recognize your voice when you say, “Hi, it’s me!”
This is what I imagine the gatekeeper to be like. Jesus doesn’t ask, “Who are you?” Jesus knows you when you come to the gate. He calls you by name. “Come in!” Jesus says. “I have been waiting for you.”
As we approach Holy Week, Jesus is waiting for you to show up, fully present to experience once again the Passion. So enter the gate, come in the back door, and share in the love of your family in Christ.