The main psalm that often echoes in our hearts and minds is Psalm 23 – The Lord is my Shepherd. It is a good Psalm to say when one is experiencing anxiety, a difficult decision to be made, or any other time when our faith wanes. “He guides me along the right path” comforts us, allowing us to see the situation through the Lord’s eyes, knowing too that we have His help through the power of the Holy Spirit.
The analogy of Jesus being a Shepherd conjures up for us the gentleness, but also the firmness of a shepherd as he watches over his sheep. Sheep do silly things if left unattended. We, like sheep, do silly things when we ignore the warning signs of the consequences of committing sin.
Jesus, in today’s Gospel says “I am the gate. Anyone who enters through me will be safe: he will go freely in and out and be sure of finding pasture.” So here is our answer, we have a sure way, a sure guide, a sure direction, that is in the Church.
The Catechism teaches us “The Church is, accordingly, a sheepfold, the sole and necessary gateway to which is Christ. It is also the flock of which God himself foretold that he would be the shepherd, and whose sheep, even though governed by human shepherds, are unfailingly nourished and led by Christ himself, the Good Shepherd and Prince of Shepherds, who gave his life for his sheep.”
So, let us love the Church, pray for all her members, especially for our Priests. So, let us not “walk in the valley of darkness,”Surely goodness and kindness shall follow me all the days of my life. In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell for ever and ever.”
Sr. Rosaleen Shaw OP
Catechism of the Catholic Church #754