The image of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, beautifully depicts Jesus’ love and protection for each of His lambs—each of us—even to the point of laying down His life for us. He teaches us how to live as good shepherds in our own homes, with our own children. In this most intimate name of Jesus, we learn how to shepherd, guide, guard, and care for those entrusted to us. It is only by following the example of the Good Shepherd that any one of us can serve as the good mom, the good dad, the good Mimi, the good Papa, the good aunt, or the good uncle. Jesus, the Good Shepherd provides the model for good, Godly parenting!
At my mother’s funeral vigil, a woman approached me to give her respects. Thankfully, I recognized her as a childhood friend from our old neighborhood. As we hugged, she whispered: “Your mother was always so kind to me. She taught me about God, and I will never forget her.” I recalled how this girl would come over to play jacks, but I now realize so much more was occurring within our home. Looking back, my mother, who had an open door policy, must have seen the marks of sadness in this young girl—and reached out with God’s mercy.
The blog on this page presents reflections on the Sunday readings through the lens of a parent/grandparent, aiding leaders of the domestic church in their vital task as “first heralds” or “first preachers” of the Good News in the home.