I think that the Good Shepherd has been such an enduring image in Scripture and art because we have all experienced the need to be shepherded. We have all lost our way, in small ways and large, and have not been able to find the way alone. So often in my own life, I have experienced the actions of the Good Shepherd through the events and people God has sent into my life to accompany and guide me, to strengthen and enlighten my path. At the same time, I am sure we have all taken our turn of shepherding others in their need. Jesus gave us the model to follow.
On Good Shepherd Sunday, we pray in a special way for vocations to the priesthood. As a community of faith, it is vital that we support vocations in our families and within our parish. As we look to Jesus, the Good Shepherd, we ask him to bring up other shepherds in our community, fervent in their love for God and God’s people.