Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

“Jesus said: My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can take them out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.”

These beautiful and consoling words from the Gospel truly lift up our spirit and assure us that we are in the Good Hands of God. He knows us through and through and He speaks to us and gives us eternal life. He is our strength and guide who leads us to green pastures. Jesus is the Good Shepherd and He is our peace.

These words also call us to respond to this loving gift of God. We must listen so as to hear His voice and follow Him wherever He leads. Sometimes we may stray from the fold and lose our way, but He comes looking for us to carry us home. We must not be afraid and not run from such a loving Shepherd. By grazing in His green pastures of grace we become whole.

Together we are His flock as the Church. Let’s pray sincerely for each other that we may always be united in His love and obedient to His call, giving glory to His Father in our lives.

Sincerely in Christ,

Fr. Thomas Bennett