My sheep hear my voice: and I know them, and they follow me.
The gospel image of the Good Shepherd reminds us that Jesus desires to bring everyone together from all nations and all groups. These are those who hear and then follow his voice. Christ’s ministry is a ministry of love, service and solidarity. There is no desire to dominate, control or manipulate people but rather to serve them, inspire them, and bring them together. Those who hear are called to share this same concern and to be involved in the real issues of life and justice for the whole world. They are expected to care for, serve and empower others. As Jesus sought out the lost and weakest sheep, his followers are called to make sure of how their decisions affect the less fortunate in their communities and in the world.
Blessed is they who come in the name of the God.
How has your experience helped you to relate to others? How do you reacts when people or groups are demeaned or excluded? Are there changes required of you if you are to live what you say you believe?
My sheep hear my voice: and I know them, and they follow me. And I give them life everlasting; and they shall not perish forever, and no man shall pluck them out of my hand. That which my Father has given me, is greater than all: and no one can snatch them out of my hand. I and the Father are one.
Christ’s flock is made up of sheep that not only listen to their shepherd, but are also able to recognize his voice, to follow him, faithfully and with full awareness, on the pastures of eternal life.
Pope John XXIII
The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.
Too many leaders act as if the sheep… their people… are there for the benefit of the shepherd, not that the shepherd has responsibility for the sheep.
We should be more concerned with reaching the lost than pampering the saved.
Those who aren’t following Jesus aren’t his followers. It’s that simple. Followers follow, and those who don’t follow aren’t followers. To follow Jesus means to follow Jesus into a society where justice rules, where love shapes everything. To follow Jesus means to take up his dream and work for it.
Following Christ isn’t something that can be done halfheartedly or on the side. It is not a label we can display when it is useful. It must be central to everything we do and are.
Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ