In the name of the Risen Lord. Amen.
Preaching 101- never tell people what they “ought” to do. At the leadership program I attended last week, they told us that when we’re trying to influence people that it is better to lead people to the answer rather than giving it to them, so that they will think it was their own idea. The expression is “don’t should all over other people.” Well, the authors of our readings from 1 John and the gospel according to John never got this lesson- “We ought to lay down our life for one another,” “we should believe and love,” and “I must bring them.” So much for leading us to the still waters of Psalm 23, these texts seem to be pushing us there.