‘I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep.
Reflection by Duke Yaguchi
Jesus delineates the difference between being a good shepherd and a hired hand. A hired hand has a limited commitment to his/her employer. There is a limited agreement as to what the hired hand will provide and what the employer will provide in return.
Everything is measured and balanced and hopefully fair work is exchanged for fair wages.
Jesus claims the good shepherd does not measure. There is no limit to the extent to which the shepherd protects his/her flock. Likewise, God does the same for us. Even sacrificing the life of Jesus for us. No matter what we do, God's love for us surpasses it. For that, we should be thankful.
Dear Lord, help me be open to your pray. Amen.