Hear Jesus speak these words:
The sheep hear the shepherd’s voice.
The shepherd calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
The sheep fallow him because they know his voice.
I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father.
I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd.
We were created by God to be intimately known, by God and by one another. There is life in this knowing, but there is also vulnerability, and submission and compassion and joy and freedom and love. When we allow ourselves to be deeply and truly known, we participate in the community of God—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. To allow ourselves to be unknown by ourselves, and others and God becomes a terrible place of isolation. It takes courage to be known, but this is a good place to be. And with the Psalmist we can say:
O Lord, you have searched me and known me.