Monday, April 23, 2007

Saint Francis de Sales Oratory, in Saint Louis, Missouri - stained glass window of Christ the Good Shepherd
At that time Jesus said to the Pharisees: I am the good Shepherd. The good Shepherd giveth his life for his sheep. But the hireling, and he that is not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming and leaveth the sheep and flieth: and the wolf catcheth and scattereth the sheep: and the hireling flieth, because he is a hireling, and he hath no care for the sheep. I am the good Shepherd: and I know Mine, and Mine know Me, as the Father knoweth Me, and I know the Father: and I lay down My life for My sheep. And other sheep I have that are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear My voice, and there shall be one fold and one shepherd.
—from the Gospel of John.

Good Shepherd Sunday is the 1st Sunday after the Octave of Easter in the Tridentine calendar, and the 4th Sunday of Easter in the new calendar.

1 comment:

  1. We mustn't forget that sometimes a Good Shepherd will break the leg of a sheep that refuses to stay in the sheepfold, for otherwise that sheep runs the risk of being devoured by wolves.