Saturday, April 20, 2013


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
The Ancient Israelites were a pastoral people and there were many shepherds among them.  Many Old Testament heroes were shepherds, among them the patriarchs Abraham and Jacob, the twelve tribes,  Moses, and King David. In the New Testament, angels announced the birth of Jesus to shepherds, not to any of the rulers, religious leaders or rich people.

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
While sheep have many positive qualities, they also have a bad reputation for being rather stupid  because of their tendency to follow each other in what seems like pointless wandering.  Sheep  actually  have about the same intelligence as  cows and just a little less smarter than pigs, who we know are smarter than most dogs. Sheep group together because they are social animals and they can protect themselves better when they stick together.  They’re not really dumb, they just have a hard time protecting themselves without a shepherd.

Fr. Vladimir Lysak- Canadian
It often amazes me when I hear bishops and priests giving homilies about sheep and shepherds. Believe me, they are clueless about these beasties as is anyone who has not had the joy (and pains) of raising them. The good shepherd knows his sheep and they know him. I can be away for some days and the Community never hears the sheep, but when I step out of the car and call, they all bleat.

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

1 comment:

  1. thank you for posting these lovely thoughts and images. may I use them in my sermon presentation this Sunday?
    Thank you!
    The Rev. Joyce Parry Moore, St. James Episcopal, Kent WA