Has any one of you ever been a shepherd? or even seen one? Do shepherds exist in contemporary North America? Nevertheless, we know instinctively that when Jesus refers to himself as the good shepherd, he is expressing his loving concern for his “flock,” i.e., his followers. You might well ask, therefore, why he did not simply say something like this: “I have a loving concern for each one of you.” The answer to this question takes us to the heart of our religion, in that it reminds us of the method of God’s revelation to his people. For the fact

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