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“I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me…”. John 10:14

Not many of us have ever owned sheep let alone taken care of sheep—but I have.  At one point during my mission days in Peru, I was asked to serve as director of a seminary.  As was the custom, when a seminarian arrived to begin his studies, the families would each give a sheep as a gift.  Before long, our grounds had become something more than a petting zoo!  This city boy had to learn on the fly how to care for his flock.

One day I needed to corral the sheep but they just would not respond.  The more I tried to move them together, the more they scattered in all directions.  “They’re not very smart,” I thought.  Seeing my frustration, a wonderful woman who worked in our kitchen and usually took care of the sheep, came out to rescue me.  With a deft call to attention, she brought all the sheep back in what seemed like seconds, including the ones who had jumped the wall and were in danger of getting lost.

I think our relationship with God needs to be like that—responding to the voice we know and the presence we trust.  This is what helps us move where we need to go, and to serve where we are being called.  Otherwise, sheep scatter and become lost.  Without the Gospel and the promise of the Resurrection, we lose our connection to home.

Friend, I think Jesus became the Good Shepherd because sheep need a lot of guidance and a gentle hand.  The more we read scripture, celebrate the Sacraments, and strive to witness God’s love, the stronger we become in our faith.  And the more we recognize God’s voice of encouragement.  We know without a doubt who is calling us home to the safety of greener pastures.  It’s the Good Shepherd, the gatherer of souls who says “I know mine, and mine know me…”   difficult moments.

Friend, the words of today’s Gospel are a comfort and a consolation.  Receive the gift of our Risen Christ knowing that you are never alone, never without the strength you need to love and serve the Lord… just like the disciples who found Christ on the road to Emmaus.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father Raymond J. Finch, M.M.

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Good Shepherd

When I was lost and couldn’t find my way,

You came looking for me, Good Shepherd,

to gently lead me home again.

Protect the flock given You by the Father,

lead us to rest in green pastures and guide

us along the right paths.

You who are shepherd and Lamb of God,

grant that we might never follow

any voice but Yours. Call us by

name and soothe our hearts

when we panic or are confused.

Grant us blessed assurance that

we need not fear nor face dangers alone.

Lord, you told us there are other sheep

not of this fold that You must also lead.

Help us recognize our brothers and sisters

no matter what flock they may belong to

till at length there will be one flock and one shepherd,

You, Lord Jesus Christ.

Amen

Prayer by Maryknoll Missioner, Father Joseph Veneroso

ABOUT MARYKNOLL

We are a Catholic Society of priests and brothers based in the United States. We are dedicated to missionary work overseas in over 20 countries. Additionally, we animate Catholics in the United States to follow their own baptismal call to share God’s compassion and love with the poor, the sick, and all those in need.

OUR GENERAL COUNCIL

L-R Tom O'Brien, Ray Finch, Joe Everson, Russ Feldmeier

(Fr. James M. Lynch, Fr. Lam M. Hua, Fr. Lance P. Nadeau, Fr. Timothy O. Kilkelly)

The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers is overseen by our General Council, led by Superior General Rev. Lance P. Nadeau, M.M.

OUR FOUNDERS

L-R Tom O'Brien, Ray Finch, Joe Everson, Russ Feldmeier

(Our Co-Founders Father Price and Father Walsh)

PLACES WE SERVE

EVANGELIZATION, PARISHES, AND PROJECTS

USA

STORIES OF MISSION

(Africa) Education and Formation of African Clergy

The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Africa Region will provide tuition assistance to African clergy, male and female religious at institutes of higher education or specialized training. Read More

Stories of Our Global Mission

The calling of a lifetime

The life of a Maryknoll missioner is challenging, fulfilling, and deeply rewarding. Follow your baptismal call to mission by sharing God’s compassion with the poor, the sick, and people most in need.

L-R Tom O'Brien, Ray Finch, Joe Everson, Russ Feldmeier
“Go where you are needed but not wanted, and stay until you are wanted but not needed.”
– Bishop James E. Walsh, M.M.
First Maryknoll Bishop
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