A theology lesson in 4 Bible verses – this is what the text of this Sunday’s gospel offers us (John 10:27-30).
Such a short text and so rich is the reality it describes.
This 4th Easter Sunday is known as Good Shepherd Sunday as it focuses on Jesus, the Risen Lord, as our Shepherd.
What the words describe, what the text affirms, is really amazing.
It offers us a promise of belonging, of security, and a gift beyond what we could imagine: eternal life!
“My sheep listen to my voice;
I know them,
and they follow me.
I give them eternal life,
and they shall never perish;
no one will snatch them out of my hand.”
Christ knows us, yes, just as we are, deeply, truly…
He gives us eternal life, his own life, the very life that he shares with the Father.
That is, of course, if…
We listen to his voice and follow him,
then, we shall never perish – an assurance with no condition attached, other than that of following him…
And, Christ adds that nobody can take us away from him – the Father vouches for that!
What could be added to this that would anchor us in more security and give us deeper serenity?…