This Sunday, May 12th, is called ‘the Sunday of the Good Shepherd’. In the gospel we read: My sheep listen to my voice, I know them and they follow me. I give them eternal life; they will never perish, and no one will rob them out of my hand (John 10:27-28).
Jesus, the good shepherd, is not the sweet Jesus with the sheep on the shoulders of old pious prayer cards. And believers no longer see themselves as stupid and obedient sheep, but as mature people. The biblical image of the shepherd is a powerful image that refers to Jesus who knows his sheep and is committed to them at the risk of his own life.
In a print from 1537 the shepherd defends his flock against a wolf, while the mercenary (right) flees. On the left, the shepherd leads his flock out through the door of the sheepfold, while a robber tries to enter through the roof. In the background on the right, the good shepherd also collects the sheep that do not belong to his flock.
Pastor of this weekend: Peter of Dael SJ