I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away...I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own knows me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. (Jn 10: 11-16).
Jesus is the good shepherd. He takes care of his flock and he has genuine love for his people. He is always there for us, nurturing and caring for us in times of sorrow and suffering.
Others may stray, but all are welcome in the Kingdom of God. We just have to come back to the Lord, worship and love Him and accept his Lordship over our lives.
When others disobey God's commandments, we have to pray for them and not judge them for God is the only Judge. We have all fallen short of God's glory. Let us not be elitists, thinking that the God's Kingdom is only for the faithful. God's Kingdom is open for everyone, big or small, Christians or pagans, Gentiles or of other religions! But, they must believe that Jesus is the life and the resurrection. They must ask forgiveness for their sins and love God with all their heart, minds and souls and love their brothers and sisters as theirselves. That's where the difference lies. On the other hand, anyone's conversion is possible. "For nothing is impossible for God."
Cynthia Abegail Bernardo