First Reading | Jeremiah 23:1-6

We see leaders as people with privileges. It is different for leaders who work in God’s Kingdom. These are men and women held accountable for their responsibilities. Jeremiah reminds us that leaders are subject to more severe judgment when they err, and they involve the people who follow them. Bad choices and sins have serious and lasting consequences when you are a leader. Let us pray that our leaders choose wisely as they shepherd us toward God’s will.

1 Woe to the shepherds who mislead and scatter the flock of my pasture, says the Lord. 2 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. 3 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. 4 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. 5 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. 6 In his days Judah shall be saved, Israel shall dwell in security. This is the name they give him: “The Lord our justice.”

Responsorial Psalm | Psalm 23:1-3, 3-4, 5, 6

R: The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 In verdant pastures he gives me repose; beside restful waters he leads me; 3 he refreshes my soul. (R) He guides me in right paths for his name’s sake. 4 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) 5 You spread the table before me in the sight of my foes; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. (R) 6 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 | Ephesians 2:13-18

Jesus paves the way for us to follow Him to the Father. Paul, in his Letter to the Ephesians, tells us that we have access to our Father in heaven in one and the same Holy Spirit. We do not have to rely on our own wisdom and strength to live the Christian life. God will provide us with all that we need to follow Him.

13 Brothers and sisters: In Christ Jesus you who once were far off have become near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace, he who made both one and broke down the dividing wall of enmity, through his flesh, 15 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, 16 and might reconcile both with God, in one body, through the cross, putting that enmity to death by it. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near, 18 for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.


I have been to many sheep farms in Australia. It is educational to watch the way sheep relate to one another. If you can get one sheep to cross a bridge, the rest will follow. Sheep without a shepherd—without direction—wander aimlessly and are a pitiful sight. Jesus recognizes this in the people of His time—they lacked good leadership. He then set out to give the message of the Gospel to them.

Gospel Acclamation

My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord; I know them, and they follow me.

Mark 6:30-34

30 The apostles gathered together with Jesus and reported all they had done and taught. 31 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. 32 So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place. 33 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. 34 When he 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.