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Reflection on the 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time


Jeremiah 23: 1-6The remnant of my flock I will gather and I will raise up shepherds to look after them

Psalm 22 (23)The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want

Ephesians 2: 13 – 18Christ Jesus is the peace between us, and has made the two into one.

Mark 6: 30 – 34They were like sheep without a shepherd


It is difficult as a priest and now Vocations Director not to take both Ezekiel’s and Our Lords words to heart. The people need shepherds – they are lost and lonely. But of more concern to me is the many wandering “sheep”. Our parishes are emptying at a frightening rate. So often we have ministered just to those who have stayed but the Good Shepherd went in search of the one who strayed. Today’s readings are a call to action for all of us – for good, new shepherds but above all, we must

Reflection on the 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time