The fourth Sunday of Easter is traditionally called “Good Shepherd Sunday” to show the intimate relationship between Jesus as his disciples, and his own intimate relationship with the Father who has sent him. Jesus’ theme of the Good Shepherd becomes an image of how close the relationship between him and his disciples should be. The true disciple of Jesus shows his intimacy with Jesus in two ways: listening and following as a sheep. He listens to the voice of the Shepherd and follows it (John 10:27). Listening is a fundamental attitude of the disciple. As Jesus is always attentive to what his Father wants, so the disciple opens his ears to what Jesus says. At times, Jesus speaks to us directly in our hearts, but the common way to listen to his voice is in the Scriptures. Listening to the voice of Jesus leads unavoidably to following Jesus wherever he may lead us. The Shepherd seeks the good of his sheep and leads them to green pastures. But he is also ready to give up his life out of love for them (John 10:11,15,17-18). Following Jesus all the way means in the end to “pick up the cross and follow him.” The way of the master is also the way of the disciple. The Good Shepherd leads us onto a narrow and steep road, but it is a road that leads to life (Matt 7:14).