Jesus describes himself as the Good Shepherd. The role of a shepherd is to care for his sheep and keep them safe. A good shepherd is one who looks after the sheep, not simply as a job or a duty, but with love and care. We are Jesus’ flock; he knows each one of us by name, and he loves us so much that he lays down his life for us. Today is Good Shepherd Sunday, when the Church around the world prays for vocations to the ordained ministry of priesthood and diaconate, and to male and female religious life. The Church needs shepherds who will care for God’s people with compassion and dedication, following the example of Christ. In his message for today, Pope Francis says: “In the diversity and the uniqueness of each and every vocation, personal and ecclesial, there is a need to listen, discern and live this Word that calls to us from on high and, while enabling us to develop our talents, makes us instruments of salvation in the world and guides us to full happiness.” Let us pray today that men and women will listen to God’s call, discern their response and live out their vocation with a generous heart.