Reading a collection of Mgr Ronnie Knox's ‘sermonettes’ (originally published in the Sunday Times over a period of years in the 1940s and 1950s), I came across this passage :
‘The word “pastor” has been accepted by almost every denomination as a ministerial title. It conveys the sense of a terrifying responsibility; he who would be a good shepherd must be ready to suffer, die if necessary, on behalf of the sheep. Failure at that test convicts you of being a “hireling”; of having taken over the shepherd's duty from some hidden motive of self-love.’
Is it me, or does that seem a particularly apt reflection just at present ?