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The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd by Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS

Artist Narrative:

Good Shepherd,
who lays down His Life for His sheep,
nourish Your people with the Bread of Life,
that we may reflect Your likeness
and enjoy the spring of Living Water that never ends.
Amen.

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The Bible uses the word “shepherd” 80 times and the word “sheep” 192 times.

The Bible frequently compares God’s relationship to us with the relationship of a shepherd to his sheep.

When Jesus wanted to express his dedication to us and his daily protection of us, he chose to use the picture of a shepherd with his sheep.

People of that day were very familiar with shepherds.

The audience Jesus was talking to gained a lot of understanding from this illustration.

For example, they understood the total dedication of a shepherd.

So when Jesus spoke about being the good shepherd in John chapter ten, the audience understood that a good shepherd had to always be on duty.