|Dr. He Qi|
Being shepherds to our Cotswold sheep, this Sunday is a favorite one. We did not breed our sheep this past year- for the first time in almost 40 years, but were given 3 lambs in Holy Week to raise up for meat. All of our sheep are young, and we hope this year to breed some of the ewes.
We are more fortunate than the other islands that surround us, as we have no predators or dogs that roam, killing and maiming the flocks. Our sheep, as all our animals, are free to roam our many acres, freeing us from keeping a vigilant eye on them. We depend on the Good Shepherd Himself to keep a watch over us and all we hold dear.
Everyone who is entrusted with the care of others is a shepherd. We are good shepherds when we love those entrusted to us, praying for them, spending our time and talents for their welfare, and guarding them from physical and spiritual dangers.
Today we also celebrate Vocations Sunday, a day of remembrance and prayer for all those who have received God’s call in life and chose to follow Him and dedicate themselves completely to Him. It is the duty of all Catholics to pray for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
For young people, that they may know the personal love of the Lord for them, and respond with open and generous hearts. We pray to the Lord. . .