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This is a second homily preparation week in a row. I have been invited to speak at the other St. Patrick’s in Toronto (you can never have too many St. Pat  about the Friends of Dismas ministry.

This weekend we have the scene of Jesus telling us as his disciples that he is the good shepherd. Here is a quote from the reading that speaks to me as I prepare the homily. A question for reflection is contained in the line: “I know mine and mine know me…”

How do we come to know the Good Shepherd and how does he know we are one of  His flock?

Jesus said:
“I am the good shepherd….
and I know mine and mine know me,
just as the Father knows me and I know the Father;
and I will lay down my life for the sheep.
I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold.
These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice,
and there will be one flock, one shepherd…..”

If you have a few moments you might want to listen to Fr. Robert Barron’s homily on this passage. He shares with us how this week’s gospel relates to the Hebrew Scriptures  and  how the prophets set the stage for the coming of the Good Shepherd.

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