In today’s Gospel, Jesus shares the Good Shepherd story with us. In fact, it tells us that “He calls his own sheep by name.” This image of Jesus as the Good Shepherd has always comforted me. To look at Jesus as a gentle guide who will hold me when I can’t carry myself any longer. Looking at Jesus as a care-giver is an awesome image. He calls each one of us by name and is always there for us.
Being called by name is a tremendously personal matter. When Jesus calls us each by name and welcomes us he also promises never to lead us astray. How often in life do we feel that no one truly knows our name? Who has ever felt alone and that no one cares for us? As we recognize the voice of Jesus calling us how can we do anything but respond in gratitude for all that he has done for us.
Pat Schifini, OSU