Letter from Father Richard
The Good Shepherd must be ever vigilant for his sheep.
That we are described as sheep isn’t the best compliment we could have paid us. Sheep are prone to wandering off, getting into dangerous and precarious situations, putting their own lives in danger. T
hey are prey to dogs, and wolves. The good shepherd looks out for them, leads them to green pastures, rescues them from whatever dangerous situations they get into.
The 22nd or 23rd Psalm (depending on your numbering) begins “The Lord is my shepherd”. The “valley of darkness” is often that time between loss and a more fruitful future – between death and resurrection, exile and freedom… but if the Lord is your shepherd – there is nothing you shall want.