Jesus said: “Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber. But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice, as the shepherd calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has driven out all his own, he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him, because they recognize his voice. But they will not follow a stranger; they will run away from him, because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.” Although Jesus used this figure of speech, the Pharisees did not realize what he was trying to tell them. So Jesus said again, “Amen, amen, I say to you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy; I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”
While we are all Jesus’ Sheep in this world and are Called to follow Him – the Good Shepherd – we are all Shepherds of our own flocks…flocks that were Bestowed upon us by the Good Shepherd. Once we accept Jesus as our Lord, we can then turn our focus on being the best shepherds that we can – including tending, without excuse, to all of the flocks that Jesus gave to us. While it’s obvious that our Spouses and our Children are our immediate flocks, our flocks are much bigger and broader than we think. Often, when people have near death experiences (NDE’s), they meet people at the Gates of Heaven with Jesus that they don’t remember or recall. Some of those people that are welcoming them Home are complete shocks to the person having the NDE. So, as we meander the sheep fields of this world, let’s be sure to know the Good Shepherd, follow His Holy example, and do the best that we can do in this life. For all of us Sheep and Shepherds that Believe in Jesus have Hope in being a part of His Eternal Flock one day – why not make that day now?