FIRST READING (I will gather the remnant of my flock and appoint shepherds for them.)
A reading from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah (23:1-6)
Woe to the shepherds who mislead and scatter the flock of my pasture, says the Lord. Therefore, thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, against the shepherds who shepherd my people: You have scattered my sheep and driven them away. You have not cared for them, but I will take care to punish your evil deeds. I myself will gather the remnant of my flock from all the lands to which I have driven them and bring them back to their meadow; there they shall increase and multiply. I will appoint shepherds for them who will shepherd them so that they need no longer fear and tremble; and none shall be missing, says the Lord.
Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David; as king he shall reign and govern wisely, he shall do what is just and right in the land. In his days Judah shall be saved, Israel shall dwell in security. This is the name they give him: “The Lord our justice.” —The Word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.
RESPONSORIAL PSALM (23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6)
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want. (Ps 23:1)
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. In verdant pastures he gives me repose; beside restful waters he leads me; he refreshes my soul. (R)
He guides me in right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side with your rod and your staff that give me courage. (R)
You spread the table before me in the sight of my foes; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. (R)
Only goodness and kindness follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come. (R)
SECOND READING (Christ is our peace who made both one.)
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians (2:13-18)
Brothers and sisters: In Christ Jesus you who once were far off have become near by the blood of Christ.
For he is our peace, he who made both one and broke down the dividing wall of enmity, through his flesh, abolishing the law with its commandments and legal claims, that he might create in himself one new person in place of the two, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile both with God, in one body, through the cross, putting that enmity to death by it. He came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near, for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. —The Word of the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.
GOSPEL ACCLAMATION (Jn 10:27)
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord; I know them, and they follow me. (R)
GOSPEL (They were like sheep without a shepherd.)
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Mark (6:30-34)
The apostles gathered together with Jesus and reported all they had done and taught. He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” People were coming and going in great numbers, and they had no opportunity even to eat. So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place. People saw them leaving and many came to know about it. They hastened there on foot from all the towns and arrived at the place before them.
When Jesus disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. —The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Celebrant: The heart of Christ goes out to his flock on earth. In the name of that Good Shepherd, let us ask the Father to fulfill our special needs.
READER: For all the pastors of the Church, that they may never let the flock of Christ be scattered, but work to gather it together in his name, (Pause) LET US PRAY TO THE LORD.
READER: For those entrusted with passing on the doctrine of the Church through the ministry of Orders, or catechists, that they may nourish us with truth and wisdom, (Pause) LET US PRAY TO THE LORD.
READER: For all the teachers of children and youth, that they may impart knowledge and truth with conviction and responsibility, (Pause) LET US PRAY TO THE LORD.
READER: For those at this time of year who are on retreat or vacation, that they may “come away” and “rest for a while” spiritually in the peace of Christ, (Pause) LET US PRAY TO THE LORD.
READER: For the faithful departed, that Jesus may bring them safely to his side in the heavenly Kingdom, (Pause) LET US PRAY TO THE LORD.
CELEBRANT: Father of the flock, hear the prayers of your people, gathered at the banquet you have prepared and ready to offer the sacrifice of your Son, who lives and reigns, for ever and ever, (all) AMEN.