Last Sunday, the Gospel passage was where Jesus proclaimed himself to be the good shepherd. He proclaimed that as the good shepherd, he is willing to lay down his life for his sheep.
I am not a Greek scholar, but I read an article which says the Greek word “good” as used here in John, chapter 10, could be translated as “noble,” “perfect,” or “wonderful.”
Our wonderful shepherd, Jesus, is willing to seek out and search for the lost, the lonely, the destitute, the apathetic. He is willing to lay down his life, for each one individually, no matter their past, present, or future.
We are the sheep whom Jesus seeks. We must listen for his voice, in the face of many other voices which attempt to take priority.
My family background included not sheep, but cattle. The cattle herd of white-faced Herefords would instantly turn their heads when my dad or grandpa called for them. Often, they would trod forth into our cow lot for water or food, without a trace of effort by us to round them up.
Be a good sheep of the Wonderful Shepherd. Listen for his voice calling you!