*cough* Crucifixion *cough*

In school, sometimes they would say things on the announcements that really weren’t entirely true or weren’t the whole picture.  If you knew better, you would call it out with a fake cough.  And if you didn’t know about it, that fake cough let you know there was a lot more to the story. 

Jesus uses imagery and parables to make his teachings more accessible.  Because of that, it’s easy to make the mistake of thinking that since it sounds so universal (because it is) that it doesn’t also have a very specific meaning. 

Putting the Good Shepherd Gospel after the Resurrection is a very deliberate response to that mistake.  It’s like the Church is giving us a fake cough, to let us know that there is a lot more to the story. 

More on this tomorrow.