Shepherd Jesus, who did not sin while he was suffering. He tells them, “If you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God’s approval.” When we want to shepherd the goodness in others we should be ready to sacrifice our own selfish agenda. Such kind of laying down one’s life bears much fruit in the long run. This is the martyrdom of love which is at the heart of the passion death and resurrection of the Good Shepherd Jesus.
c) The Good Shepherd gives his sheep life in abundance: In the Gospel (Jn 10:1-10) Jesus compares and contrasts himself with committed shepherds and false shepherds. The false shepherds are compared with strangers from whom the sheep will run away. They are compared with thieves who come to steal, kill and destroy. The Good Shepherd in contrast, leads his sheep, calls them by name, feeds them, protects them and thus gives them life in abundance. In order to shepherd the goodness in others one has to speak words which give life, do acts of mercy and compassion which will comfort and imbue the ideology that will always inspire and motivate people to live life to its fullness.
In what way the image of the Good Shepherd appeals to me in the context of my relationship with Jesus and with my fellow Christians? In what way can I shepherd the goodness in others through my words and deeds?