Our God is like a shepherd who always looks after the flock: the Lord cares for us in all our needs. Penitential rite: As we prepare ourselves to celebrate his faithfulness, let us call to mind our failings: (pause) Lord Jesus, you have shown us the way to the Father … you have given us the consolation of the truth … you are the Good Shepherd, leading us into everlasting life: Lord, have mercy.
Introduction to the Scripture Readings
Jeremiah 23:1-6 — Shepherds who neglect their flocks are condemned, as God promises to intervene for the sake of the people — just as a good shepherd would do.
Ephesians 2:13-18 — Christ, by his blood, ends hostility and brings people together.
Mark 6:30-34 — Jesus encourages the apostles to rest, but takes pity on the people also.
Introduction (by the Presider) Like a shepherd, the Lord continues to care for us, so we pray with confidence:
- For those called to be pastors of God’s people, that they may be good shepherds, imitating the Lord they serve (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For all who work hard in the Lord’s service, that they may also have time for rest and recreation (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For those who help others to reflect, as prayer guides and retreat directors, that the Spirit may be with them in their ministry (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For an end to conflict and hostility, that the peace Christ brought may continue to spread (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For our families and friends, and for all who asked our prayers, that our care may remind them of the Good Shepherd’s love for them (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
- For those whose life in this world is over (especially N & N) that they may dwell in God’s house forever (pause for silent prayer). Lord, hear us.
Conclusion (by the Presider) O God, our Shepherd, your goodness and kindness help us every day: hear our prayers and be with us in our needs, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Liturgical Suggestions Penitential Act VI, page 1387. Even if there is no choir or cantor, sing some version of The Lord’s My Shepherd (today’s psalm). Preface 1 of the Sundays in Ordinary Time, page 440. Eucharistic Prayer 3. Solemn Blessing 10 (Ordinary Time 2, page 553). Songs ‘The Lord’s My Shepherd’; ‘Oh The Word of My Lord’; ‘Yahweh I Know You Are Near’.