It’s almost like Jesus knew that the Resurrection might fade into the background of our minds, so he causes the Church to return to images that are so familiar to any baptised believer who knows something about the Bible or even to anyone who knows what a flock of sheep is, and what a shepherd is (Jn 10:27-30).
In the Easter Season we do three things, all fixed in the Resurrection. First, we "look back" and see the various forms of "Egypt" from which we’ve been saved, our slavery to sin. Jesus redeemed us on his cruel cross and set us free! Secondly, we "look forward" to the promise of eternal life, a promise we know will come true because the Lord is Risen - proof that everything he said will come true. Finally, we "look within" at our present state of spirituality, and recognise that our spiritual journey is a lifetime journey of active involvement. It calls for daily conversion, and daily cooperation with God's Spirit dwelling within us.
This connection of past, present and future reminds us to listen carefully for the voice of “The Shepherd” every single day. Unless we are strengthened daily by his Word and nourished by his body and blood, our response to God's call will be seriously threatened by the challenges of life in a world that does not share the values of Christ. Only those who truly listen and respond to the Shepherd's voice by following him can be called members of his flock.
Remember, the Lord gave Peter the keys of his Church and instituted him to 'shepherd' of the whole flock- . Just think about that for a moment. What is the quality of your relationship to this shepherd, through whom Christ now speaks? Just like Paul and Barnabas today (Acts 13:43-52), the laity are made to share in the priestly, prophetical and kingly office of Christ and participate fully in the mission of the whole People of God. So, what form does your participation take? And how could you improve it?