NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD
Perhaps you recall that this particular Sunday after Easter has traditionally been known as Good Shepherd Sunday. When we look carefully at the readings selected for this Sunday, we will notice that we are to give our attention to the flock rather than the shepherd.
Speaking about sheep and shepherds is surely foreign to our experience, but in the time of Jesus, sheep herding was a common occupation. Hence, in his teachings, Jesus often made analogies to the types of things that were familiar to the people’s experience. So today in the gospel reading, he uses the symbol of shepherd and sheep to speak about care for one another, to indicate the many differences there are among us as is true of a flock of sheep. This was also done to emphasize that unity is a value amid the diversity and differences we experience among ourselves and in our neighborhood.
Jesus’ words indicate that the sheep are his. Remember, he compares himself to the shepherd. When he calls the sheep, they hear and heed his voice. What’s more, under his protection they are secure; he makes it clear that “no one can take them out of my hand.” This is very reassuring for us especially in a world that cannot guarantee security.