No wolves – only shepherds

Father Bob’s homily for the Youth Mass last week…


4th Sunday of Easter B (Youth Mass)

On the Fourth Sunday of Easter every year, Jesus describes the qualities of a good shepherd, and if you are a pastor, it always sounds like an annual job review.  Right there is the job description.  “A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” There is a scenario you must answer – “What would you do if the wolf came to threaten your sheep?” It is a good and challenging standard to be judged by.

But I am far from thinking I am the only one who shepherds around here.  Into each of our lives shepherding comes – moments of leadership and care.  Moms and Dads are shepherds of their families, captains are shepherds of our teams, and we all feel responsibility for the flock of our friends.  Are we good shepherds?  Do we lay down our lives for our…

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