Jesus is the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for his flock.

We are sheep of the flock, a blessed creation of God.

Jesus first of all identifies with us;

He becomes the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

Therefore a good Christian is ready to lay down his or her life,

to think of others first as part of every decision and action.

We are also called to be shepherds;

to care for others, to be ready to help, to be glad to contribute.

Jesus invites but does not compel;

He allows people time to grow;

He even allows some to walk away

Then please God they will make a free decision to follow.

We pray in thanksgiving for the Shepherd, for the Lamb of God;

We ask to become good followers.

Don’t we appreciate best the person who was good to others?

the person who gave up time and effort for family

as Mary Jane Reid did in her day by her way of life, her personal prayer, her attendance at Mass and by going on pilgrimage?

In today’s Mass we are reminded that the best legacy anyone can leave

is to build up a community of love, with the Good Shepherd to lead

and the Lamb of God to save us.