The Good Shepherd, a living image of the Father’s mercy

The Good Shepherd, a living image of the Father’s mercy

When Jesus asks, as he did with the Apostles, “Who do you say that I am?”(Mt 16:15), I have to say that lately my response has been: “You are my Good Shepherd”. As the Good Shepherd, I know that he has accompanied my steps since I was conceived in the womb of my mother. Psalm 23 has been indeed my favorite for a long time, a place of refuge in times of distress and fear. I recite it by heart whispering it to myself and to his ears. What a source of consolation and strength! But never like in this past year has Jesus revealed himself to me, and have I perceived him, as the Good Shepherd with so much clarity. Through these months I have discovered and cherished two main qualities of this Shepherd: his tenderness and his strength. This true God and true man who...