Imagine a Gate made of nothing. God passes through. God speaks. It might sound like a Big Bang but Creation has begun. That is why it is not wholly accurate to say that God created the Universe. Why? Because God is still engaged in this wonderful work, the world and every heart in it still being created.
God passes through the Gate again. 'I am who I am' has become Jesus. He speaks your name. He passes back through the Gate and calls you to Follow Him. You try to get through but you can't, you get stuck. Too much baggage. You have to let go. Of what? God waits.
Any Leader can be a True Shepherd or a Terrorist. The latter steal by craft and deceit with violence and death. As they depart, they always leave us feeling smaller and with less.
St. John uses the powerful 'steal, kill, destroy' to describe them.
The Beautiful (Good) Shepherd always leaves us more and with more than He found us. Why? Because He know us by name. He is no stranger to us. His voice resonates in the depth of our soul and of our longing for life. So He walks ahead of us, bringing us to pasture. To places where we find nourishment and strength.
Jesus is the Gate. He is 'The Bread of Life', ' The Living Water', 'The True Vine', 'The Resurrection and the Life'. All of these are images of Love without Regret flowing through Him, so that we might have Life and have it to the Full. His name means, 'God is with us!'
He invites us to bring life not death. If we steal, kill or destroy someone's name - even our own- maybe we have to look again at our understanding of who He is.
God waits. What do we have to lose to pass through the Gate?