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Sunday, May 7, 2006
The Good Shepard & The World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Today's Novus Ordo Gospel account is of Jesus as the Good Shepard:

I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. A hired man, who is not a shepherd and whose sheep are not his own, sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away, and the wolf catches and scatters them. This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep (Jn 10:11-15).

In this account we again contemplate the unending love of Our Lord - He didn't just create us but He also died for us. God didn't need us. He is everything good and beautiful, but He created us by His own hands and gave us life. But, after this, He didn't stop. He gave up His life for His flock. He gave up everything He had to show us His love for us. The only thing important in life is to serve Christ, who loved us first while we where still sinners.

John Paul ll in "Rise, let us be on our Way" reflected on the parts of the image of the Good Shepard.

1. He carries lost sheep back on his shoulders
2. He leads his flock to green pastures
3. He guards his flock with a staff to death if needed.

In the book, Pope John Paul ll cited a source, where he talked about the Good Shepherd:

"While Jesus was saytng these words [John 10:11], the apostles did not realize that He was referring to Himself. Not even his beloved Apostle John knew it. He understood on Calvary, at the foot of the Cross, when He saw Jesus silently giving up His life for 'His sheep'. When the time came for John and the other apostles to assume the same mission they then remembered his words. They realized that they would be able to fulfill their mission only because He had assured them that He Himself would be working among them" (L'Osservatore Romano, English edition, October 22, 2003, p. 3)

And, as we reflect on how the priest must become a Shepard, it's relevant to note that today is the 43rd World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

Please read the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI's message for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.


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