The Word of The Lord Came to Me

This somehow got buried as a draft and should have gone with last Wednesday's readings so it is out of kilter with the liturgical weeks ... this Sunday is the 22nd in Ordinary Time.
My post from here dealt with the Gospel for , Wednesday 20th Week in Ordinary Time and this one deals with the First Reading and the Psalm. (23)
Given the recent goings on it is a significant one to reflect on.  
When we  sometimes feel we are on the margins of  our church community and when we  feel scattered and "out of place"-  when we are complacent and find it easy to lord it over others because they don't fit our picture of what sheep should be,  it is good to know that the Lord is our  shepherd who will gather us in and we will not want for anything......
"The word of the Lord came to me:
Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel,
in these words prophesy to them to the shepherds:
Thus says the Lord GOD: Woe to the shepherds of Israel
who have been pasturing themselves!
Should not shepherds, rather, pasture sheep?"

You have fed off their milk, worn their wool,
and slaughtered the fatlings,
but the sheep you have not pastured.

You did not strengthen the weak nor heal the sick
nor bind up the injured.
You did not bring back the strayed nor seek the lost,
but you lorded it over them harshly and brutally.

So they were scattered for the lack of a shepherd,
and became food for all the wild beasts.

My sheep were scattered
and wandered over all the mountains and high hills;
my sheep were scattered over the whole earth,
with no one to look after them or to search for them.

Therefore, shepherds, hear the word of the LORD:
As I live, says the Lord GOD,
because my sheep have been given over to pillage,
and because my sheep have become food for every wild beast,
for lack of a shepherd;
because my shepherds did not look after my sheep,
but pastured themselves and did not pasture my sheep;
because of this, shepherds, hear the word of the LORD:

Thus says the Lord GOD:
I swear I am coming against these shepherds.
I will claim my sheep from them
and put a stop to their shepherding my sheep
so that they may no longer pasture themselves.

I will save my sheep,
that they may no longer be food for their mouths.
For thus says the Lord GOD:
I myself will look after and tend my sheep.
Responsorial Psalm
R. (1) The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
Beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
He guides me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
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. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
Only goodness and kindness will follow me
all the days of my life;
And I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
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claire said...

Yes, Phil, I had the same reaction as yours when I read this passage last week. It was a Wow... I too felt that all I needed to do was to post it on my blog as is. I'm glad you did it!

Philomena Ewing said...

Hi Claire,
It's lovely to have your comments again and I really missed your posts whilst you were on retreat although you did not abandon it completely ( Thank you !!) so am delighted you are back with us.