Good Shepherd Sunday

I am very much looking forward to ordaining Deacon Ronald Campbell to the priesthood in his home parish of St Mary’s, Benbecula this July. It will be a great occasion for Ronald, his family, his island and all the diocese. It will also be great for the wider community. Why? Jesus is risen. He has forgiven our sins and conquered death. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who guides us to the glory of heaven. Jesus gives us hope.
Many people today seem oblivious to the hope Jesus alone can bring. Everyone needs hope in their hearts. I thank our priests who continuously plant seeds of hope throughout our diocese. Please pray for more priests to spread the Good News in Argyll and the Isles. Please pray for our seminarians Ronald and Philip. Please pray for your bishop, priests and deacons – that they may increasingly mirror Jesus, the Good Shepherd and the cause of our hope.