Easter: May 4th
"I am the Good Shepherd. . .I lay down My life for My sheep. . .but the hireling flees because he is a hireling, and has no concern for the sheep" (Gospel).
Jesus organized the visible Church along the lines of a sheepfold. St. Peter, first shepherd of the visible Church, depicts Jesus as the invisible "Shepherd. . .of your souls" (Epistle). He tenderly remembers all that Jesus suffered for us "Sheep going astray."
On Catacomb walls, early Christians delighted to draw pictures and to write explanations of the perfect understanding and love between the Good Shepherd and His sheep, such as that which exists between the "Father" and "Me."
We are not only fed through the visible guidance of His Church, but also through the invisible grace of the Sacraments, especially "in the breaking of bread" (Alleluia Verse).
Excerpted from My Sunday Missal, Confraternity of the Precious Blood