This year, the annual celebration of Good Shepherd Sunday will have a special resonance and splendor. It comes in the wake of the canonization of two very good shepherds, Saint John Paul II and Saint John XXIII. It will also coincide this year with Mother’s Day.
Good Shepherd Sunday is observed on the Fourth Sunday of Easter because the Gospel for that Sunday portrays Jesus as the Good Shepherd who “lays down his life for his sheep.” The Church throughout the world annually observes this day as the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. We pray in a particular way for vocations to the priesthood; for good shepherds. We pray for our seminarians. We pray that God will continue to call from our midst many more young men with generous hearts who are willing to become servants formed by the mind and heart of Christ.