Good Shepherd

Be Not Afraid—Follow the Good Shepherd

"Christ, the Good Shepherd" (detail) by Murillo

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want…” (Psalm 23:1). Who We Are It is incredibly important that we fully know and understand who we are. We are God’s special creation. He has made each of us in His image and likeness, in freedom and love and invited us to spend all eternity sharing in His glory and blessedness […]

Encountering the Word — Matthew 9:36

Photography © by Andy Coan

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture Your Daily Quote from the Holy Bible “When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd..” (Matthew 9:36) Please share on Facebook and other social media you choose below. Print this entry

Christ, Controversy, and Crisis

Photography © by Andy Coan

In John 10, Jesus says that his sheep hear his voice.  But clearly, his words provoked controversy and crisis.  Some hung on his every word, others rejected them.  His words raise many questions about the role of predestination, grace, freedom, confidence and perseverance.   The Mass readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter (Year C) — Acts 13:14, 43-52; Psalms […]

Be Not Afraid—Trust in the Good Shepherd

"Christ, the Good Shepherd" (detail) by Murillo

A Growing Concern We live in a world that is at times dark and dangerous. In a moment all can change; our earthly lives can end. Deadly violence unlooked for, unexpected, senseless and sudden can come from natural and man-made sources. That the world is filled with sin, violence and death is mankind’s choice, not God’s will. He permits our freedom […]

Is Jesus the Only Savior?

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The image of Jesus as the Good shepherd is a comforting one in the minds of many.  But many of those who first heard Jesus describe himself in this way were deeply disturbed.  For it seems that Jesus is setting himself up as the only true Shepherd and savior.  People still find this claim disturbing.  “What about other religions?,” they […]

I will give you shepherds

"The Exhortation to the Apostles" (detail) by James Tissot

My diocese was given a unique Thanksgiving present this year by Pope Francis. After our bishop died in June, we entered that uncertain time of vacancy in the diocese, that time of transition while waiting for a new bishop. We all had much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving when the Pope gave us our new shepherd the Tuesday before […]

The Lord is My Shepherd

"Christ, the Good Shepherd" (detail) by Murillo

Reflection on the Mass readings for the Fourth Sunday of Easter (Year A) — Acts 2:14, 36-41; Psalms 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6; First Peter 2:20-25; John 10:1-10. How many times have we made mistakes, not just little ones, but big ones… errors in judgment and behavior that cut us to the quick? We all do foolish things and sometimes they hurt others […]

The Voice of the Good Shepherd

Photography © by Andy Coan

What was the response to Jesus’ preaching, according to the New Testament?  Some who heard him were impressed; others wanted to push him over a cliff (cf. Luke 4:29).  The same was true for Paul and Barnabas during their missionary journeys.  They were hailed by some and run out of town by others.  Jesus summed it up quite clearly: “Do […]

Encountering the Word — Revelation 7:9,14-17

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A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no man could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands … These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they […]