THE GOOD SHEPHERD
In today’s Gospel, the Good shepherd says to us, ‘I know my sheep. They listen to my voice and follow me.’ Let us reflect for a moment on our failure to respond to the love and care of Jesus, the Good shepherd.
The readings from Acts of apostles show that Paul’s policy was to preach to the Jews first, because they were the chosen people. But when they reject his message, he turns to the Gentiles. In this way the prophecy that the light of salvation would reach the ends of the earth was fulfilled. (Is 49: 6)
Jesus is the true Shepherd, and will not allow anyone to snatch from his care the sheep that belong to him. (Gospel) He will give them eternal life. What does belonging to him entail? It entails listening to his voice and following him.
Fr. Valery Burusu