February 6, 2021
The responsorial psalm for today’s Mass comes from Psalm 23: “The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want.”
In 2011, Pope Benedict XVI described this psalm as a beautiful analogy of God’s love and protection for every human soul and for all humanity.
“The image evokes an atmosphere of trust, intimacy, tenderness. The shepherd knows his sheep individually, he calls them by name and they follow him because they recognize and trust him,” he said.
“He takes care of them, protects them like a treasure, and is ready to defend them in order to guarantee their well-being, to ensure they live in peace. They shall want nothing if the shepherd is with them.”
I don’t know about you, but that’s the kind of shepherd I need in my life.