My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
As a parent, I am constantly reminded of the dangers facing my children today: careless or distracted drivers; unsafe or unhealthy foods; diseases and superbugs; bullies, predators, and all manner of depraved entertainment. Add to that their personal weaknesses and limitations, and it’s easy to see them as sheep in the midst of wolves.
I can’t keep my children from harm any more than I can avoid my own suffering, but I trust that God would never allow God’s children to wander into destruction. Jesus, the Good Shepherd, guides and protects them—and me—through this life, giving us the good things of Creation for nourishment and strength and feeding us with God’s own Flesh and Blood. JULIA DISALVO