From the Pastor's Desk
Fr. Dan White, S.J.
April 26, 2015
The Good Shepherd is one of the most beloved images we have for Jesus. It is fascinating, this remains true, despite our distance from 1st century Palestine. The agrarian culture of fields, sheep, and wolves is far cry from our own. After all, how many of us have even met a real, live shepherd?
Perhaps the Good Shepherd retains its grip because we still live in a dangerous and chaotic world. The news is full of the powerful taking advantage of the weak. Every day seems to offer some new outrage against the innocent and vulnerable. Wolves, in all types of guises, still prowl among us.
I am convinced there is another element that makes the appeal so strong. The wider world believes to eliminate the wolves we need to become wolves. Violence and intimidation must be met with the same. The Good Shepherd offers a radically different reality. Love your enemies, and pray for your persecutors, the Good Shepherd tells us. Repay evil with good and do not fear, we are told.
The Good Shepherd attracts because it is a perspective that expands our vision. Christian faith requires us to see the world not from our own limited view but with God’s eyes. What gives us strength is not overwhelming firepower, but Christ’s presence with His people.