|Egino Weinert- German|
This Sunday is known as GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY because, in each year of the liturgical cycle on this 4th Sunday of Easter, the Gospel of John is read where Jesus speaks of Himself as the "Good Shepherd".
There is a wonderful story of a young Scottish clergyman who took the much-loved 23rd Psalm as the subject of a talk to a group of children. There was a lot they didn't know, he told them. In fact they were pretty much like sheep themselves and, of course, sheep need a shepherd. He then asked the children who they thought the shepherd was, and after thinking about it a little while, one lad piped up, "Jesus is the shepherd." The young minister looked taken aback. "Then who am I?", he asked the child. "Oh, you're the sheep-dog; there's only one shepherd."
|Julia Stankova- Bulgarian|
Where did Jesus get this notion of Good Shepherd? 'Look, I myself shall take care of my flock and look after it. As a shepherd looks after his flock when he is with his scattered sheep, so shall I look after my sheep. I shall raise up one shepherd, my servant David, and put him in charge of them to pasture them; he will pasture them and be their shepherd. Ezekiel 34:11-12 & 23
|Anjolie Ela Menon- India|
|Ion V. Danu- Canadian|
|Fr. Vladimir Lysak- Canadian|
I have often thought it amazing that Jesus who called Himself our Good Shepherd became the Lamb of God. "The good shepherd is one who lays down his life for his sheep."
Here are some wonderful modern images of the Good Shepherd from around the world.
|Gloria Ssali- Uganda & UK|
|Zaki Baboun- Palestinian|
|Hanna Varghese- Malaysia|
|Fr. John Guliani- USA|
|Sieger Koder- German Priest|