On the 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time, cycle B, both the first reading and the Gospel bring to mind the image of the shepherd and of shepherding. If we recall back a bit, the Fourth Sunday of Easter introduced us to Jesus the Good Shepherd who told us "I lay down my life for my sheep." Today, the Good Shepherd wants to leave the care of His sheep not only in the hands of consecrated people, but also in the hands of all parents.
All baptized, in addition to being sheep in Christ's flock, are also shepherds to some extent. Some, without ceasing to be sheep, have been called to consecrate their lives to shepherd a part of Christ's flock as priests. For example, Fr. Moises and Fr. Pat who pastored the flock of St. Viator for many years, I as pastor for four years at St. Wenceslaus and now pastor of the new unified parish of Saints Viator and Wenceslaus and Fr. Martín Ibarra who is with us in this new reality of a unified Church.