The Lion of Judah in his present risenness pursues, tracks, and stalks us here and now. When we cry out with Jeremiah,
“Enough already! Leave me alone in my melancholy,” the Shepherd replies, “I will not leave you alone. You are mine. I know each of my sheep by name. You belong to me. If you think I am finished with you, if you think I am a small god that you can keep at a safe distance, I will pounce upon you like a roaring lion, tear you to pieces, rip you to shreds, and break every bone in your body. Then I will mend you, cradle you in my arms, and kiss you tenderly.”
…The Lion who will kill all that separates us from him; the Lamb who was killed to mend that separation – both are symbols and synonyms for Jesus. Relentlessness and tenderness; indivisible aspects of the Divine Reality.
from Reflections for Ragamuffins by Brennan Manning