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Some One Really Cares For Us

The Lord Is My Shepherd  Bernard Plockhorst

The Lord Is My Shepherd
Bernard Plockhorst

Some years ago, the Sister Principal of Sacred Heart High School for Girls in Mokena, Illinois, asked me to come and teach Religion three days a week.  During the summer, I obtained a School Year Book and memorized the names along with the photos of the students coming into 2nd, 3rd and 4th years.  In September, on the first day of school, I was able to address the girls passing by with their names, precious to them . . . “Hello Judy, Good to see you, Betty.”

Some came up to me to test my memory.  I knew them all.  They were amazed that anyone would take the time to memorize their names.  A relationship of trust can begin when people know each other’s names.  Jesus, the Good Shepard, affirmed this when said. . . “I know mine and mine know me.”

Picture the Risen Christ, the Good Shepherd, a name He gave Himself, standing before us as we take our place of worship each Sunday.  We may be strangers to those around us.  We wonder, are we all blank faces to Him, or just a series of numbers?  Are our life stories just mysteries to Him?  We close our eyes, and let a peaceful silence come.  Suddenly, He begins to walk among us.

In an inaudible tone heard only by the person spoken to, Christ whispers to one person, “Good morning, June.  I admire the way you are taking care of your mother.  Keep on!  I am with you!”  To another, “Hello Bill, your unemployment will soon come to an end.”  The Lord moves on, “Good to see you here this morning Marge, I will support you in your illness.”

The Good Shepherd speaks to a man next to her, “How are you doing Bob?  You may think that I have not been listening to you in your spirit of depression.  I have been standing behind you, holding you up!  You will have happy days soon.  Believe Me!”  We, the onlookers, see only amazement and joy on the faces of those spoken to.

What a different kind of life we would have if we made the Risen Christ, the Good Shepherd, really present in our days.  We see the Good Shepherd usually pictured holding a small lamb in His arms, close to His Heart.  In dark days, make ourselves that lamb.  He is closer than our breathing.

Fr. George Mc Kenna

April 18, 2015 - Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , ,


  1. Father George, I remember well at Quigley when you would walk into our room and say each of our names. I was so impressed, God has given you a great memory. You are a wonderful priest, as you have touché so many lives in so many way, especially all your work in Alaska, I know I could not do that.
    Dave Grayson

    Comment by Dave Grayson | April 18, 2015 | Reply

  2. I remember my first day at QPSS in 1963 when you greeted me by name the first time I walked thru the front door. Impressive memory even then… Thanks, it really made me feel welcome

    Comment by Greg Strobel | April 18, 2015 | Reply

    • Fr George Thanks to Our Lord for You being the Shepard for Him. We are all blest by your ministry. Paul Krueger ( Q P Sem ’58/’59

      Comment by Paul Krueger | April 18, 2015 | Reply

  3. Thank you for your words of encouragement and peace. May Our Lord and His Blessed Mother bless you abundantly today, and always.

    Comment by Pamela Schaer Joy | April 18, 2015 | Reply

  4. Hi Fr. George, You are amazing, what a wonderful thought for someone who is suffering to imagine that they are the lamb Christ is holding, how comforting and what peace that would bring, knowing Christ is carrying their burden with them. You are always inspirational in Christ”s name many thanks. And I can believe you memorized all those kids name! With me seeing you just a couple times a year always remembering not only mine but my family’s whom you have never met. Like I said your amazing!

    Comment by Anonymous | April 19, 2015 | Reply

  5. It’s really beautiful Uncle George, you never cease to amaze me


    Comment by Mike | April 19, 2015 | Reply

  6. Hi Fr. George! I have an excellent memory for numbers, for some reason, but not for names. (I can remember the license plate # of a car that hit my sister in 1968… not that it is useful!). Thank you for continuing to shepherd us with your blog… it is so meaningful! I have given some of your books to friends/family and one of them just started reading it and sent me a message that she enjoyed the book immensely already!

    You are such a gift to us, Fr. George. Our Lord knows that we need your words! I’m happy to be back home with Tim and the dogs. Going to be mid 70’s today, very nice weather! Teaching the nurses about End-of-Life and Palliative Care this weekend again… really enjoy teaching people how to care for those that are suffering. You care for those who are suffering spiritually, palliating those that feel forgotten or lost! What a great spiritual balm you place on those who suffer!

    It was SO wonderful visiting with you on Easter Sunday, what a gift that was and a memory I will treasure! Love you, my friend! Praying for you daily. Take care,


    Comment by Nancy Kolember Westvang | April 20, 2015 | Reply

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