Today's Gospel is from Mark on the feeding of the five thousand. At the beginning, when Jesus saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd. We who know the Lord are so fortuante because we have a shepherd, a most trustworthy one at that. He is absolutely reliable, our greatest teacher, and most powerful advocate. He is everything that's good for us. Yes, our guide, our rock, and our savior. His sheep know his voice ~ a great gift from the Father. We know why we are here and where we are going, for the Lord has come, swept away all confusion, and made the way to him straight for us. Alleluia!