On the surface, it may look like Our Blessed Lord is pushed and shoved around by his enemies. In reality, the opposite is true. He is laying down His Life, and He is taking it up again. His Resurrection continues to unfold in his friends who have planted His Sacrificial Presence in their hearts. Why? Because He is the unbreakable communion who holds God and His disciples in safety. He does not withdraw when troubles arrive. The Shepherd dies, the Sheep are safe. Here He is at His most attractive. Here He is magnetic.
Two lovers gaze at one another and say without reservation that they will love and cherish each other for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, all the days of their life. (Catholic Rite of Marriage)
A father and mother hold their newborn baby in their arms, and from some new vastness within themselves say, and mean, 'I would lay down my life for you'.
Someone sits and gently takes hold of the hand of their friend who is terminally ill or terminally lonely and says, "You know I'm not going away."
Three examples of how unconditional love appears in our lives. Not as something we do but, much more importantly, as something we are.
Jesus, the Good Shepherd, is most Himself, completely at home in his identity as "I Am", when he is laying down His life for His sheep. His, "I Am" could be easily translated as, "May you Be!"
So too with us. Getting to know who we really are is something we glimpse from time to time when life bless us with Greater Moments. And when we are radiant with giving power to be, are we not attractive? Is it not the magnet Jesus said it would be? Is it not wonderful that the original Greek for good, as in 'Good Shepherd' can also be translated as Beautiful.
Something beautiful for God.