We all desire to be chased by God. We desire love beyond the scope of our experience, and the joy of heaven even in our sorrowful ways. We desire him even when we want to flee from his presence, even when we think he does not satisfy us. We desire the Shepherd we call Good.
Jesus Christ has been converted toward us, even in our stubbornness. He is already keen to our wayward ways and obstinate hearts. He longs for us. He desires me. He tends us whom he already holds in his arms. Imagine such a gift.
On this Good Shepherd Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Easter, the Shepherd comes alive within our hearts. He is no longer a distant metaphor or an ancient image. He is the God who has come into the world to heal us, to forgive us, and to collect us into this loving circle. Grace is where I am, in his reach this day. Jesus Christ is the Shepherd we call Good.