The Good Shepherd

good shepherd2An image which came to mind at Mass this morning: Jesus, the Good Shepherd, leading the sheep into high pastures. The pastures go on into the mountains over which a bright sunlight streams. The sheep behind Jesus are without number and stretch behind him as far as the eye can see. Little lambs cavort and dance in the herd. Jesus is leading them home to heaven, to the pasture which has been prepared for them since the beginning of the world.