and many could guess where they were going. So, from all the towns, they hurried there on foot,
arriving ahead of them. As Jesus went ashore, he saw a large crowd, and he had compassion on them,
for they were like sheep without a shepherd. And he began to teach them many things.
One of the effects of wars and famine is the influx of refugees to safer places. These refugees are like sheep without a shepherd.
They are driven out of their homeland;they are like beggars seeking for shelter and food.
One of the images used in the Second Vatican Council documents to describe the nature of the Church is the people as sheepfold with Jesus Christ as the good Shepherd.
Jesus has compassion on the crowd, which follow him. Who can be our modern day shepherds?
Officially in the Church we have the Pope, bishops and priests. In other levels of society,
we have parents at home, leaders of governments, superiors and formators of religious congregations,
to name but a few. In our own little way we can be shepherds by giving assistance to out-of-school youth,
victims of substance abuse, and others in need within our reach and our capacity.
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