All we like sheep have gone astray,
we have turned –every one– to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
Human beings are stubbornly independent creatures craving self-determination: we want to decide everything for ourselves. As much as we might like the comfort of being part of the flock, there are times when we make a break for it and go our own way, even if it means risking getting lost, hungry or harmed.
It is chaos when we choose to ignore the call of the shepherd, when we refuse to be found when being sought, if we struggle to be free if picked up and carried back.
Lost and scattered, mere coyote-bait if left to our own devices, we are undeserving of a shepherd who willingly gives his life to lead us safely home.
Yet we have just such a shepherd. He calls our name and we know His voice.
And so we shall follow Him.