In his preaching to the Kingdom of God that comes with it to the world, Jesus addresses to the crowd as ‘Come to me all who are weary and I will give you relaxation, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light’ (Mt 11:28). But these appeals are general exception in the Gospel. Jesus often referred to individual men and women with a few personal words that are primarily an appeal to eternal life, while an invitation to opt into the ground along with a path that is unconditional following the Master.
These calls were first directed to the disciples who would then be apostles, and certainly have been preceded by a deal and talks entrusted with Jesus. They would be very personal dialogue which took into account the conscience, freedom, and the circumstances of each and every one.
Because the women had been called to follow the Lord, ‘The Twelve accompanied him we read in the Gospel of Luke and some women who had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, Juana woman Cusa, Herod’s steward, Susanna and many others who assisted him with his possessions (Luke 8,1-3). All had undergone applications and spiritual care by Jesus and his disciples were considered.
Jesus exercises from the beginning of the ministry of the Good Shepherd, which not only lowers the sky in search of the lost sheep but deals with dedication to lavish the care necessary for their Christian life in the world. In fact, the iconographic representation of Jesus as the Good Shepherd who cares for his sheep is the first Christological representation we know, and predates the Pantocrator, and the Ecce Homo.
The very matter in the Church consults and reads Scriptures with intent and straight way to find Jesus and discover the will of God. Says the Lord himself when directed to the Jews in the following words: ‘You search the Scriptures because you think that in them eternal life: they are they which testify of me.’ (Jn 5:39).
Scripture is for believers has inexhaustible source of life and light. The Spirit of God enlightens all who read it with the right intention, so that they can understand and interpret the same divine Spirit which has been written.
But personal intelligence that is inexhaustible is a treasure of education and vital energies required or at least recommended, contrasting interpretation of our reading what otherwise eyes can see, when it comes to applying it to our lives. The word of the living counselor extends to us the strength of Scripture and its power of transformation, thus, it becomes the Word of God as quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Heb 4:12).
The Scripture acquires new dimensions for us when we are customized by the human word of the Good Shepherd. This can be done to know the secrets and corners of our hearts better than we could achieve only by ourselves.