|THE GOOD SHEPHERD|
Robert W.H. MCCOY
The work was commissioned by Father Alan Beauregard MS some years back.
The work has two main foci. First, the overall human features of the people and the apparel covering them is unmistakably recognizable as indigenous to North America. Second, the hands of the shepherd and those of the children are the center of attention by their size and their position in the composition. We are called to remember the comforting words "For I am the LORD, your God, who grasp your right hand; It is I who say to you, Do not fear, I will help you."(Isaiah, 41;13)
The wayward sheep is cuddled in the warm embrace of the shepherd who is visibly content with His protective situation regarding both the sheep and the children. The Shepherd is the guardian and savior of all. The children are portrayed as being part of the care given to the wayward lamb. There are indeed many holy lessons communicated in this deeply expressive work.
NB: I must make a note about the treasures that are safeguarded in the churches of the world. It is not only the Michelangelo's and the Bernini's of the world who contribute to our spiritual welfare. It is not only in the Great Basilicas and Cathedrals of the world where these inspirational works uplift our spirits. It is in the Church environment where these priceless treasures are most easily and regularly found. Thank God.