Calling of the Apostles, Ghirlandaio, 1481
Who is like you,
You are the light of those who are spiritually lost.
You are the life of those who are spiritually dead.
You are the liberation of those who are imprisoned by guilt.
You are the glory of those who hate themselves.
You are the guardian of those who are paralyzed by fear.
You are the guide of those who are bewildered by falsehood.
You are the peace of those who are in turmoil.
You are the prince of those who yearn to be led.
You are the priest of those who seek the truth.
Johann Freylinghausen, 1670-1739, Dutch pietist, hymnist and orphanage director
Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat,
and he had compassion on them
because they were like sheep without a shepherd.
So he began teaching them many things.