The Great Gambol

At play in the fields of the Lord

From God’s point of view, we are all as daft as sheep, with similar habits for wandering off in the search for that perfect blade of grass. As such, we often get into dangerous places near the cliff edge, or fall into the orbit of a prowling wolf. Some of us die doing this.

Modern sophisticated people don’t like admitting they are just stupid ovines, because they are so dem fine and clever, dontchaknow. I say “Baaah” to that.

Faith is what we have when we can recognise our Shepherd’s voice. Learning that sound is the first step. He who has ears to hear, should prick them up and listen up (oboedire).

About Brother Burrito

A sinner who hopes in God's Mercy, and who cannot stop smiling since realizing that Christ IS the Way , the Truth and the Life. Alleluia!
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11 Responses to The Great Gambol

  1. Paul Rodden says:

    Here are some photos posted today from Silverstream Priory by Dom Mark Daniel Kirby…
    What a lovely Gospel to have with its reminders of Spring over such a beautiful, sunny weekend too, here in England…


  2. Toad says:

    Since moving to live in sheep country, and getting to know a couple of actual shepherds,(one is really called Jesus) the analogy of the Good Shepherd has been given, for me, a somewhat different perspective.
    Jesus is not very complimetary of his flock, and does not love them much, it seems. And is always plased to kill and dress a one of his lambs for the right money, or get shot pof the lot of them when the price is right.
    His duty is to get them to the slaughterhous in as good physical shape as possible to get the best price.
    He is fond of his dogs, though. And, rightly – as they are very good dogs.

    What all that has to do with God and us, is a little puzzling.
    For Toad. No doubt he will be enlightened.

    Re: the lovely snap, Toad’s wife once remarked to the next door shepherd’s wife, regarding some baby lambs like that, “Que precioso!” “Si, y delicioso!” was the answer


  3. Toad says:

    Toad knows a couple of real shepherds, one of whom is actually named Jesus.
    He is not at all complimentary regarding his flock, which he is always eager to sell as soon as he can, and otherwise get it to the slaughterhouse in as good physical shape as possible. And, if you put down the cash, you can pick your own cute little lamb, just like those in the lovely snap,.which he will kill and butcher very nicely for you.
    Jesus is fond of his dogs,though. Which is right and proper, because they are very good dogs.
    He says being a shephered is one of the rottenest jobs imaginable.

    What this has to do wiith God and us, is obsure to Toad.


  4. JabbaPapa says:

    The sentimental idealisation of shepherds is a product of some (sometimes quite wonderful) 16th-18th century novels, poetry, pop songs, and Opera.

    They are not so idealised in Scripture.

    [Jesus the shepherd] “says being a shepherd is one of the rottenest jobs imaginable

    The more convincing Apologists I’ve heard or read say pretty much exactly the same thing — for instance to illustrate that the Archangel appeared to “the meanest of men” to announce the Birth of the Saviour in Bethlehem — the Highest Messenger of God appearing to those men who were the poorest, and the lowest, and with “the rottenest job” of them all.

    It’s those who are the weakest in the Flesh or the Spirit who receive the greatest of gifts ; because those with strength of their own have no need of such spiritual or physical crutches to keep within the Faith.


  5. Frere Rabit says:

    I once went into a very good butcher shop in Wincheap, Canterbury (the name of which now escapes me, since my memory has blotted out much of my recent experience of the UK due to trauma!)

    I had gone into the shop to buy their excellent Shepherd Neame Spitfire and pork sausages. There were sheep carcasses hanging up behind the butcher who was serving me, and a radio was broadcasting some local Kent station. The music being played was (Bach?) “Sheep May Safely Graze.” The irony was overwhelming and I burst out laughing. I had to explain it to the butcher, but he still did not get the joke. “If they had not grazed safely they would not be hanging up here now,” he said, sourly.


  6. golden chersonnese says:

    I’ve sometimes been puzzled that in the Scriptures we disciples are compared sympathetically with sheep and their offspring. I don’t know whether ovines were seen in a more favourable light in Christ’s time, but I believe we modern urban types see them as very thick creatures incapable of any mentation and easily led by their appetites or by others. Hardly flattering but probably slightly better than being put in a class with toads or rabbits .

    Our dear friend Jessica provided the key to understanding all this pastoral imagery of the Gospel in her excellent blog recently. It is that the Lord tells us that he has all the care of the shepherd towards his flock. He would never lose one of us and go in search of us as if his rotten job depended on it. He knows and understands our skittish ways perfectly, having been around us for quite some aeons at least. The emphasis here should be on Jesus as being for us like the best of shepherds rather than on us as like sheep in conduct.

    Jabba, you reminded me:


  7. Toad says:

    The couple who live next door to us used to have a herd of sheep.
    One day my wife, looking at some little lambkins gamboling as in the lovely picture here, said to the missus, “Que precioso.”
    “Si, y delicioso.” was the reply.


  8. golden chersonnese says:

    East Asians below the Yangtze wouldn’t touch lamb or mutton if you paid them, Far too “smelly”. However, a nice bit of herbal stew of dog in China or Vietnam in winter or the cooler months, well that’s a different matter, dear Toad.


  9. Toad says:

    “East Asians below the Yangtze wouldn’t touch lamb or mutton if you paid them,”

    Well, that’s a nice surprise Golden. Toad had heard those fellows would do practically anything for a few quid. Certainly wouldn’t draw the line at nibbling on a lamb cutlet. Slit your throat for a shiny red apple, in fact.
    Good to know he’s been mistaken all these years.
    Too much of The Fiendish Dr. Fu Manchu as a toadpole, probably.

    He knows a joke about Korean Meatballs, (Toad, that is, not Fu) but it’s too indelicate for CP&S’s shell-likes.


  10. Frere Rabit says:

    GC, you will pleased to know that my donkeys do not eat dog. Despite the mysterious Brit phrase “dog in the manger”, the donks’ manger is entirely dog free.


  11. golden chersonnese says:

    Well, I’m certainly glad to hear of it, Frere Rabit. But woe betide a pooch that may refuse to vacate the favourite manger of four sturdy asses, I expect. It would become very much an ex-dog in the manger quick smart or at least a very sore and upset one.


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