Jesus tells us, "I am the Good Shepherd." Today is often called Good Shepherd Sunday because every year on the fourth Sunday of Easter, we hear a passage from St. John's 10th chapter (Jn. 10:11-18) which is about Jesus as our shepherd. He is a shepherd who is dedicated to his sheep. He cares about his sheep and not about getting a paycheck. He tells us he knows each of us individually and is willing to risk his life for us. He did lay down his life for us.
There are three characteristics of a good shepherd: 1) a good shepherd cares so much for the flock that he is willing to risk his life to protect them, 2) he knows each of the sheep well, "by name," 3) he cares about all of them, even those who go astray. We can apply each of these to the Lord. Jesus showed his love by giving up his life for us. Each Sunday, the words "My Body for you... My Blood for you" come to us without interference from the Last Supper to show us the extent of Jesus' sacrifice for us.
Fr. Alex Ureña