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Father David Mercer, Priest in Charge
454-9998
dmercer98@bellaliant.net
 
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Service of Holy Eucharist
Sundays
St Clements Church, Prince William
11 AM
Yellow Level of Covid 19 recovery
Masks are mandatory
Household bubbles and 6 feet distancing
We are singing again!

All Are welcome!

SECOND SUNDAY AFTER EASTER

In our Lord’s day the shepherd was not held in high regard. The reasons were many but perhaps the
main reason was that the shepherd followed his flock and at certain times of the year he was continually
on the move. He was concerned that the sheep would have plenty grass and water. For that reason, he
would be in one place one day but the next day he would be gone in response to his care for the sheep.
The towns people accused him of often stealing and being dishonest in his dealings with them. It seems
strange that our Lord would claim the title of shepherd as a result. Christ was aware of another side of
the shepherd. It was the shepherd that defended his flock against wolves and lions. It was the shepherd
looked for the lost sheep. It was the shepherd that carried the weak ones in his flock. This side of the
shepherd was known at the time of King David. It was the shepherd boy David who volunteered to
defeat the Philistine. Saul the King said that David was just a youth and would fail. David replied, “Sir, I
am my father’s shepherd; when a lion or a bear comes and carries off a sheep from the flock, I go after it
and attack it and rescue the victim from its jaws. Then if it turns on me, I seize it by the beard and batter
it to death. Lions I have killed and bears, and this uncircumcised Philistine will fare no better than they;
he has defiled the army of the living God. The Lord who saved me from the lion and the bear will save
me from this Philistine.” And he did. It was David who wrote the 23rd Psalm in which he declares that
God is his shepherd.
This Sunday is called Good Shepherd Sunday because of the Propers of the day. Christ is our shepherd.
He does not face the Philistine, but he does face a far more powerful enemy, he faces Satin. It is in this
battle against the forces of darkness and evil, as with David the shepherd boy, so with Christ, he is
victorious. The weapon that David used was a sling and a stone, the weapon of the Christ was obedience
and love. In both cases it appeared that the victorious weapons seemed to be of no account, but their
power was the power of God which the Evil One could not withstand. As with David, so with our Lord,
the care for the flock leads him to defend it. Our Lord’s love for us is so great that he will leave all to
seek the lost and carry the weak to safety. Our Lord follows the pattern of the shepherd to the extent
that he laid down his life for the flock. At one point he tells us why. He is not an hireling who cares for us
out of want for pay and as a result will run at the first sign of danger. No, he cares for the sheep because
they belong to him, he has bought and paid for them with his own life. Here we see the true extent of
love. He has paid the highest price for what was his own all along. Because of this, evil has lost all of its
power and the power of God’s love is all that is left. Many claim that they have found our Lord, but it is
not so much that they have found him for he knows where they are all along. What they have finally
realized is that he has been beside them in their walk. It is as if they have been in a stupor and they
wake up to realize who this stranger beside them truly is. This is not unlike the two disciples on the Road
to Emmaus. They later said that their hearts burned with in them, but they did not realize why, they did
not realize that it was the Lord who was with them all along.
The Bishop is our shepherd in that he has put on the character of the Great Shepherd in his
consecration. He leads us in the person of Christ that great shepherd who he represents. As with the
Bishop so with the Priest, the Ordination Service in the Prayer Book makes this clear. “Have always
therefore printed in your remembrance, how great a treasure is committed to your charge. For they are
the sheep of Christ, which he bought with his death, and for whom he shed his blood.” Bishop and Priest
have the care of souls and they are answerable to that great Shepherd for their care.

Father David Mercer, Priest in Charge
454 9998
dmercer98@bellaliant.net

Anglican Parish of Prince William
6832 Rte. 102
Dumfries, N.B.
E6G 1P1









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Audrey Cernivz,
Apr 17, 2020, 8:23 AM