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The nearness of God to man must transform reality and reassure us. Those were Pope Benedict XVI words at his general audience and during his catechesis were he commented on Psalm 23 which speaks of God as the Good Shepherd. "With its exquisite pastoral imagery", the Pope said, "this much-beloved Psalm speaks of the radical trust in God's loving care which is an essential aspect of prayer. The powerful image of God as the Shepherd of Israel accompanied the whole religious history of the Chosen People, from the Exodus to the return to the Promised Land. It finds its ultimate expression and fulfilment in the coming of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, who gave his life for his sheep, preparing ...