the image of the shepherd and the sheep indicates the close
relationship that Jesus wants to establish with each one of us. He is
our guide, our teacher, our friend, our model, but above all He is our
Saviour. In fact, the following expressions from the Gospel passage
affirm, ‘I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no
one can take them out of My hand’ (v. 28). Who can say that? Only Jesus,
because the ‘hand’ of Jesus is one single thing with the ‘hand’ of the
Father, and the Father is ‘greater than all’ (v. 29).
These words communicate to us a sense of absolute security and of
immense tenderness. Our life is fully secure in the hands of Jesus and
the Father, which are one single thing: one unique love, a unique mercy,
revealed once for all in the sacrifice of the Cross. To save the lost
sheep which we all are, the Shepherd is made a lamb, and is allowed to
be immolated to take upon Himself and to take away the sin of the world.
In this way He has given us life, life in abundance (cfr. Jn 10:10)!
This mystery is renewed, in an always surprising humility, on the
Eucharistic table. It is there that the sheep are gathered to nourish
themselves; it is there that they become one thing, between themselves
and with the Good Shepherd.
Because of this we are no longer afraid: our life is now saved from
perdition. Nothing and no one can take us from the hands of Jesus,
because nothing and no one can overcome His love. The love of Jesus is
The evil one, the great enemy of God and of His creatures,
attempts in many ways to take eternal life from us. But the evil one can
do nothing if we ourselves do not open to him the doors of our hearts,
following his deceitful enticements.