By Christina Hermoso
As Roman Catholics observe Good Shepherd Sunday, a Church leader calls on the faithful “to be a good shepherd like Jesus especially in this time of crisis.”
“As we celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday, it is fitting to reflect on how and what it is to be a good shepherd in this time of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. The very nature of a shepherd is to pasture, to protect the sheep. Anyone who holds an office, anyone entrusted with people under his care is a shepherd,” said Balanga Bishop Ruperto C. Santos.
“A father is a shepherd to his family. An elected official is a shepherd to his constituents. A businessman is a shepherd to his employees. The command of Jesus is good. He is good and we have to be like Him. Those who are in a position have to lead his people and be a shepherd to them,” he said.
Like Jesus, those who are in a position of responsibility and service must assist and provide for the needs of all who need help, the bishop said.
“Jesus provides all of our needs. He sustains us. And He feeds our minds with His Word and our soul with His Body and Blood. Families who are affected by the lockdown must be provided with the promised ‘ayuda’ (help). The poor and the needy must receive help. No one must be missed out or bypassed. No one should go hungry,” Santos said.
“Jesus completes us. He makes us whole. He renews us. Being a good shepherd in this time of COVID-19 is to respect the rights and promote the dignity of others. There should be no character assassination, no verbal abuse. People should not resort to spreading intrigues and fake news,” the prelate added.
Lastly, Bishop Santos said a good shepherd, following the example of Jesus, leads his flock to safety.
“Jesus seeks us out and leads us back to the Father. Jesus brings us out of danger and saves us. A good shepherd in this time must assist and accompany his flock to safety and sound health. A good shepherd must share his time and sacrifice his personal interests to ensure the safety of his people,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Catholic Church also mark today the 57th World Day of Prayer for Vocations which calls on the faithful to pray for more vocations to the priesthood and religious life.