Dear Church Family,
Last Wednesday, I was sitting in my prayer chair at my little Altar that I have with the Blessed Mother Statue, the Crucifix, the Bible and lots of other little symbols and a candle to especially remind me of the presence of the Good Shepherd. Today, I am resting in the words of the Good Shepherd. There are so many words that come to my mind as I hear those words, “He is our Shepherd and the Guardian of our Souls” as is proclaimed in the letter of St. Peter in the second reading. This Good Shepherd, who is my Shepherd and your Shepherd knows us by name. We just feel as though we have a personal relationship with Him, however many thousands, millions, billions in the world believing. God just knows each one of us by name and He hears our voice.
He has promised us that He has given us life and to have it more abundantly. So, I am refreshed that I have the Lord’s life and I have it in abundance. You have the Lord’s life and you have it in abundance. Then you can feel as the earlier responders to the Word in the first reading of the Acts of the Apostles when Peter got up and proclaimed the Good News. Right away as they “cut to the heart,” I found a special meaning that Jesus really is not only in our minds but in our hearts. He is the Good Shepherd and “surely goodness and kindness shall follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come.” Alleluia!
Love, Fr. Bob