The Nice Shepherd Lays Down For His Sheep

Being as last week was “Good Shepherd Sunday,” this week could be considered “Nice Shepherd Sunday.”  Fr. John Speakman, Homilies and Reflections from Australia, has a classic parody about the Good Shepherd.

I don’t know where he found this picture, but it’s one of the most brilliant and creative ones I’ve seen.

Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

Jesus shared with his disciples,

“I am the Nice Shepherd.

I never say no to my sheep. They love me and I love them and I do anything they want. When the wolf comes I smile and say hello and welcome him into the flock because my flock is inclusive and welcoming.

Other shepherds are not nice. They are divisive and bullying. They have rules for the sheep. They do not accept the wolf and do not let the sheep play with him.

I am the Nice Shepherd. I lay down for the sheep and the wolf. They love me lots and call me by my first name. We love ourselves and we form community. We do not like those other sheep who will not play with the wolf. We do not have them in our flock. We call them names and show them they are unwelcome because they are not welcoming like us.”

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7 comments to The Nice Shepherd Lays Down For His Sheep

  • Jim

    I wish more priests spoke like this. People need to be taught the truth and not given those half-truth, feel good homilies that distort the Catholic Faith. The laity have a right to hear the truth plain and simple.
    I pray daily for all our pastors– the good shepherds and the not so good.

  • D. G.

    What a relief to hear that this was in humor. I was so saddened thinking that a priest had said this I cried and prayed a lot last night.

    I have heard too many lay people say things like this and really mean it. It just hurts so much to hear people talk that way about people. Thanks for clearing that up.

  • Timothy emailed me and said,

    “Possibly the funniest thing I’ve heard in my life!!!”

  • D. G.

    Blogger note: I love this comment. What passion! It is really great to see someone in love with their faith and demonstrate righteous anger. Now with that being said, this post is 100% parody. The good father was having a little bit of fun. I am sorry for any confusion my post may have caused.

    “We do not like those other sheep who will not play with the wolf. We do not have them in our flock. We call them names and show them they are unwelcome because they are not welcoming like us.” I do not think that Jesus would say this. This quote bothers me, “We call them names and show them they are unwelcome because they are not welcoming like us.” Are you kidding? If you call someone names and are not welcoming, then you have become who you hate. You didn’t like them because they were not welcoming, but now you are not welcoming. How is that loving the wolf? This is saying it’s OK to hate when it’s what we hate, but the point is you are now hating too. Jesus died on the cross to show that there is no excuse not to love, none. We killed Him, and He still loved us. We mocked Him, and He still loved us. He spent every drop of blood and water He had in His body to show how much He loves us. Even though we hated Him, He loved us so much He couldn’t bear to leave us. So much so He gave us His body and blood in the mystery of bread and wine, so He could continue to be here with us physically. The Good News is that God loves us. If I am to follow Jesus, then I must love.

  • ciao

    Is he talking to children?

  • P. B. Joseph

    Sheep can and must vote with their feet.

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