The Most Reverend William Edward Lori, S.T.D.

Advent Reflections

Tuesday, December 11

The Good Shepherd’s Love
The metaphor of God as Shepherd and us as his sheep dates to the Old Testament. Isaiah compares God to a shepherd who feeds, carries, and leads his flock. In the New Testament, Jesus calls himself the “Good Shepherd.” Today’s Gospel has an example of how he is “good”: when just one of us goes astray, he leaves the others behind to search for that one. God never forgets about us or gives up on us. Today’s Readings: Isaiah 40:1–11; Psalm 96:1–2, 3 and 10ac, 11–12, 13; Matthew 18:12–14.
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