The Good Shepherd

the good sheperd

In the neighborhood which John the Baptist had evangelized is the scene portrayed in the mural of the Good Shepherd, Whose careful pursuit is not for the children of the faith alone and for the righteous, but also for those who have wandered from the fold and for those who have forsaken the paths of virtue. The Divine Shepherd is represented as returning to the pasture land with a stray lamb on His shoulder, a staff in His hand, His joy in the success of His search apparent. He is bringing home the lost sheep to join the ninety-nine.

The picture of the Gospel story of the second Sunday after Easter is that of the beautiful parable uttered by our Lord in Jerusalem. The Jews were a pastoral people and there are still many flocks of sheep in the Holy Land, grazing on the mountain slopes and in the valleys. If necessary the shepherd gives his life for his sheep. Love and loyalty to his flock even unto death are the chief characteristics of the good shepherd. And as our Lord said ((I know mine and mine know Me" so the good shepherd knows his own sheep, and keeps himself ready to lay down his life to protect his flock.

When the voice of our Saviour calls, the strayed sheep leaves the brambles of self-will and the wilderness of error to come home under the light of His guidance and help.

There is a fine pictorial feeling for atmosphere, an idyllic charm in the positive setting of this picture with a sense of real distance of a river country ending in a mountain and wilderness in the background. The landscape style is sincere and graceful, with concentration on the figures of the Good Shepherd and the fold as well as on the lost sheep; the color is quiet, low-toned, a green, grey and brown harmony that is refined yet distinctive. The Good Shepherd is a sensitive mural painted with winning genius and charm.