Jesus Christ describes himself in our Gospel reading today as the Good Shepherd.
The Good Shepherd is one of the images that the early Church used often in depicting Christ. Being in a rural community this image of good shepherd could be somewhat relatable to our own experience.
The passage we have today is from John chapter 10. Later in the 21st chapter of John Jesus reveals to Peter that he is to continue the presence of Jesus on earth in a very real way as being the good shepherd when he tells him feed my lambs, tend my sheep, and feed my sheep at his threefold proclamation of his love.
Today please spend a few moments in prayer for our current shepherd in succession of St. Peter, Pope Francis and our local shepherd Archbishop Naumann. May God continue to grant us unity with our shepherds.
"These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there will be one flock, one shepherd."
May God Bless us.