Follow where he leads

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people;
Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who
calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with
you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever
and ever. Amen.

This is the collect appointed for the fourth Sunday of Easter. As collects go, it is rather nice – the shepherding theme, the reference to Jesus’ assertion that the shepherd calls his sheep by name and so forth. But I was struck by the last line – follow where he leads.

Such a simple formula, and yet it seems that we can spend our whole life struggling to hear Jesus’ voice and follow him.