First Reading (Jer 23:1-6). This first reading gives examples of people who failed the Lord in living out his values, and it reminds us that everyone who works with the Lord to transform the world or the Church shares in the Lord’s mission and must respond to the Lord’s delegation. All participate in the Lord’s mission for he is true and wise.
Second Reading (Eph 2:13-18). God’s plan for the world focuses on reconciliation which Paul said was the essence of the gospel message. Today’s second reading is a plan of action, and it challenges us to work for reconciliation with ourselves, with others, with the Church, and with the world.
Gospel (Mk 6:30-34). Jesus worries when people are like sheep without a shepherd. In this gospel reading he points out that he wants people who will work with him for other’s growth and that they will nourish that ministry with prayer. He is the Good Shepherd, the model of dedicated service for others. May we be filled with his values and gifts.