“I am the Good Shepherd. I know mine and mine know me. I lay down my life for the sheep. I have power to lay it down and power to take it up again.”
These words are addressed to the entire world by Our Divine Lord in the gospel. They imply, of course, that we are the sheep belonging to this divine Good Shepherd; we are the ones for whom Jesus has laid down his life and taken it up again. So, let us pray in the light of these marvelous words of Christ.
“Lord Jesus Christ, we adore you under the title of the Good Shepherd by which you identify yourself. We know that a shepherd must treat his flock with care, concern, attention, because sheep are not particularly clever or resourceful and need the guidance and protection of a human shepherd or at least a sheep-dog. We welcome your concern and your care, Lord Jesus. We ask that we may always follow your lead, your guidance, and gratefully accept your provident attention.”
“We want to see your loving hand in all the events of our lives, even those that seem to be misfortunes. Nothing happens to us that you are unaware of and not in total control of. Nothing is going to happen to us today that we cannot cope with, if you are with us.”
“Lead us, Good Shepherd. When the going is particularly rough, pick us up and carry us as the shepherd often does with his sheep, especially the lambs. If we go astray, come in search of us. If we are in danger, protect and defend us. If we are wounded or injured, heal us. If we do not follow you with alacrity, be patient with us and do not abandon us. And finally, thank you, Lord Jesus for relating to us as a good shepherd does to his sheep.”
How good to know that our God, who will one day be our judge, is a good shepherd to whom each of us is very dear. Thank you for seeking God’s truth, God Bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.
Note: This message was composed some years ago.