Last April 26, the fourth Sunday of Easter, the church again celebrated the feast of Jesus the Good Shepherd. The Archbishop’s palace, with its chapel named after the Good Shepherd and being the residence of the shepherd of the Archdiocese, celebrated its 10th annual fiesta with the theme:Jesus the Good Shepherd: Mercy and Compassion of the Father. Traditionally the actual feast is held the following Monday (April 27, 2015) to allow more priests concelebrate with Archbishop Rolando Tirona in the Holy Eucharist.
Being the pastor of the local church, the archbishop represents Our Lord who says in the gospel of John 10:14-15 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. I know my own sheep, and they know me just as my Father knows me and I know my Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep.”
During the homily, Archbishop Tirona emphasized the importance of the role of the shepherd who recognizes the voice of the flock in the local church. There is a need of the collaboration of the faithful in fulfilling their mission. The archbishop also asked for prayers for the shepherds who were called to take care of the church.
Jesus is the Good Shepherd to His believers just as the shepherds were of their livestock. A shepherd tended his flock day and night. He would gather the sheep into a sheepfold at night for their protection. The sheepfold was a pen, a cave, or an area backed by stone walls. Since there were no doors, the shepherd would often sleep or sit in the opening, ready to guard his sheep from harm.
After the mass, everybody was invited for an agape at the garden of the archbishop’s residence that was highligted by parlors games and garage sale with the sales going to the poorest parish of the archdiocese which is the Nstr Sra de la Paz y Buen Viaje, Tandoc Siruma CS.
It is an another occasion for all the faithful to pray for all the ministers especially our beloved Archbishop as they continue their role as shepherds of the Lord’s flock.