Last Sunday’s Gospel from John 10: 1-10 for Good Shepherd Sunday focused on the notion of Jesus as the “Good Shepherd” as well as the call from Jesus to us to “feed my sheep”.

The following reflection comes from Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI.

“ Feeding means loving, and loving also means being ready to suffer. Loving means giving the sheep only what is truly good and life giving, the nourishment of God’s truth, of God’s Word, the nourishment of His presence, which He gives us in the Blessed Sacrament.

For the Fathers of the church, the parable of the lost sheep, which the shepherd seeks out in the desert, was an image of the mystery of Christ and the Church.

The human race - every one of us - is the sheep lost in the desert which no longer knows the way. The Son of God will not let this happen; he cannot abandon humanity in so wretched a condition. He abandons the glory of heaven, in order to go in search of the sheep and pursue it, all the way to the Cross. He takes it upon his shoulders and carries our humanity; he carries us all! He is the good shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep - for you and me.