Jesus said: “I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. A hired man, who is not a shepherd and whose sheep are not his own, sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away, and the wolf catches and scatters them. This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I will lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there will be one flock, one shepherd. This is why the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own. I have power to lay it down, and power to take it up again. This command I have received from my Father.”
Woven medallion from a tunic, showing the good shepherd
Coptic Egypt, 5th–7th century
The blond good shepherd protectively holds a lamb while others of his
flock appear to his sides together with stylized trees. Holding a staff,
he wears a short yellow tunic decorated with dark clavi (bands) and red
orbiculi (medallions) and a blue chlamys (mantel) draped around his
shoulders. Tunics were usually worn short for working. Good shepherds
represented the bucolic life or the seasons. The image would eventually
become a symbol of Christ as he was described in John 10:11-18. Orbiculi
like these were originally woven into the tunic or furnishing for which
they were made. Over time they came to be woven separately and
attached, as here.
“When your enemy falls, pray to God for him, that He will save him, and thank God that you have not fallen likewise. Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, because you have the same Shepherd, the Lord Jesus Christ, and He does not rejoice at your enemy’s fall.”
Our Shepherd, Jesus Christ, has done a marvelous work for us –providing pure, clean water for our soul. He now invites all to come and drink of the water of life freely.
He leads me beside the still waters. Psalm 23:2
John. 7:37-38, “…Jesus said,” if any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink. “ Of the Lord’s living water, there is enough for all; there is no lack; and it is eternally satisfying. Praise God for His supply!
Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Most sweet Jesus, Redeemer of the human race, look down upon us, humbly prostrate before Thine altar. We are Thine and Thine we wish to be; but to be more surely united with Thee, behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today to Thy Most Sacred Heart. Many, indeed, have never known Thee; many, too, despising Thy precepts, have rejected Thee. Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, and draw them to Thy Sacred Heart.
Be Thou King, O Lord, not only of the faithful who have never forsaken Thee, but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned Thee, grant that they may quickly return to their Father’s house, lest they die of wretchedness and hunger. Be Thou King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, or whom discord keeps aloof and call them back to the harbour of truth and unity of faith, so that soon there may be but one flock and one shepherd. Be Thou King of all those who even now sit in the shadow of idolatry or Islam, and refuse not Thou to bring them into the light of Thy kingdom.
Look, finally, with eyes of pity upon the children of that race, which was for so long a time Thy chosen people; and let Thy Blood, which was once invoked upon them in vengeance, now descend upon them also in a cleansing flood of redemption and eternal life.
Grant, O Lord, to Thy Church, assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; give peace and order to all nations, and make the earth resound from pole to pole with one cry: Praise to the Divine Heart that wrought our salvation: to it be glory and honour forever. Amen.
[Why do I like the Voyage episode “Good Shepherd”? We get to see the lower deck of Voyager (a part of the ship we’ve never seen), there’s the cool cameo of Tom Morello, Janeway gets to interact with other (new to us) members of her crew, and there’s only a minimal appearance of Seven !]