This is Good Shepherd Sunday, which occurs, as earlier commentary has pointed out, one week later in the new lectionary than in the traditional lectionaries. The Gospel for the Day, in, all three cycles/series/years, comes from John 10, the Good Shepherd chapter of St. John. The Gospel for Cycle B is the traditional Gospel for Good Shepherd Sunday. The altar/apse mosaics in the ancient churches make it patently evident that the church has always seen the risen Lord as the Good Shepherd.
“And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.” (v. 52b)
Good morning whoever is out there.
I hope you boys and girls are here this morning. Since I can't see you, let me know if you are actually present. (have the children touch and/or speak and/or sing) (Humor works, like have the children repeat something silly like, “Good morning fantastic, awesome, most highest lord pastor/teacher”)
I remember going to a Lent group years ago, where the priest gave all us lay folk a piece of paper and a pen and asked us to write down what we knew about Jesus. He didn't want us to write down what we'd been told about Jesus or read about Jesus, but simply what we knew for ourselves from our own experience.
I ended up with a blank sheet of paper, but one person wrote, "I know that Jesus saves me." That led onto an interesting discussion along the lines of: saves you from something? Or for something?