16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B, 19th July 2015

The Lord is my shepherd.

Jesus ‘The Good Shepherd’ sees our deepest needs and just as he took care of the apostles in today’s Gospel; he invites us to stop what we are doing and come away to rest with him a while in prayer.

We see a contrast to this compassionate tending of the flock in the First Reading. Jeremiah describes the neglect of God’s people by the religious leaders of the time. He foretells of the Lord sending a shepherd king from the line of David to gather and tend his flock.

The familiar and comforting words of Psalm 22 continue this theme of God’s tender love for his flock.

In the Second Reading St Paul teaches how Christ unites all people, Jews and Gentiles alike, bringing us peace through the Spirit and drawing us all to the Father.

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