Bishop Brian’s Message for Good Shepherd Sunday

A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

In today’s Gospel Jesus describes himself as the Good Shepherd who genuinely cares for his flock as opposed to the false shepherds who are only interested in themselves. Jesus’ union with his Father flows into his intimacy with us, shown most beautifully in the gift of his life for us. Jesus’ love is not restricted to a select few but rather he draws all humanity into his single flock or family.

The past year has been difficult for everyone and we are grateful for the care or ‘shepherding’ we have received from so many people. Today, on Good Shepherd Sunday, I want to especially thank our priests and deacons for the care they have provided to you and wider society during these challenging times. Although they have been unable to exercise their ministry in the usual ways they have persevered and discovered new ways of radiating God’s care for his flock. I also thank you for the care you are giving to our clergy during these unsettled times.

Let us pray for our clergy, that through ever deeper union with the Lord, they may increasingly die to self and devote themselves to their flock after the heart of Jesus.

I am delighted that Philip Bua will be ordained a deacon for our Diocese on 10th June. Please keep Philip in your prayers.

I appeal to our young men – is the Lord calling you to be a priest? If you think he may be then please speak to your priest or Fr John Paul MacKinnon, our Vocations Director. I ask that you pray each day for Vocations to our Diocese and build a culture of vocation in your families and communities.

I pray that you will know the tender care of the Good Shepherd within your hearts and I know that he continues to guide us during these difficult times.

May God bless you and your families,