FEED MY LAMBS, TEND MY SHEEP: A Biblical Reflection on Jesus the Good Shepherd in relation to Shepherding of Catechists and Religious Educators

Leonardo O. Quimson, Jr.1,*

Author Affliations

1Senior High School Faculty, University of Santo Tomas
*loquimson@ust.edu.ph

Abstract

This paper presents one of the well-loved Image of Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd and reflect on the Sacred Scriptures expressing this tender character of the Lord. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep out of love. The mandate of Jesus to Peter to “feed His lambs and tend His sheep” in the Gospel of John signifies the great mission of Peter to follow the footsteps of the Lord by shepherding His flock, the Church. This is also related to the essential role of catechists and religious educators as they are also “shepherds” and formators of faith to their learners. The study will discuss this noble work of being a catechist and religious educator as a way of responding to the call of Jesus, the Good Shepherd, and find ways on how to properly guide and take good care of them. In other words, to shepherd them means “to feed and to tend them” as well and highlight who are the persons or institutions involved in this significant ongoing formation for catechists and religious educators.