Wandering the internet as I prepare for this week’s homily has led me to find a painter named Alfred Soord (1868-1915). It would seem that Alfred is one of the few people that does not seem to have a Wikipedia page.
The folks at wiki. answers however, tell us that Alfred was a painter whose most famous work is a painting of the parable of the lost sheep, depicting a sheep stranded halfway down a steep cliff and the shepherd hanging perilously over the edge, risking his own life to save it. A far more complete biography can be found at a blog called Transformations and Whispers.
I invite you to spend a few moments with the painting. I am attracted to the difficult terrain the Good Shepherd must take on to find one of his lost sheep.
It would seem that to follow Jesus the Good Shepherd and to take on a lead position along side Him looking for those of His flock that have gone missing,may not be as easy as it first appears.
“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…..”