The readings for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

A reading from the Prophet Jeremiah

(Jer 23:1-6 NRSV)

Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the LORD. Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the shepherds who shepherd my people: It is you who have scattered my flock, and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. So I will attend to you for your evil doings, says the LORD. Then I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the lands where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold, and they shall be fruitful and multiply. I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them, and they shall not fear any longer, or be dismayed, nor shall any be missing, says the LORD.

The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. And this is the name by which he will be called: “The LORD is our righteousness.”

Responsorial Psalm

(Psalm 22(23) NRSV)

Resp: The Lord is my shepherd: there is nothing I shall want.

            The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
                        He makes me lie down in green pastures;
            he leads me beside still waters;
                        he restores my soul.
Resp: The Lord is my shepherd: there is nothing I shall want.
            He leads me in right paths
                        for his name’s sake.
            Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
                        I fear no evil;
            for you are with me;
                        your rod and your staff—
                        they comfort me.
Resp: The Lord is my shepherd: there is nothing I shall want.
            You prepare a table before me
                        in the presence of my enemies;
            you anoint my head with oil;
                        my cup overflows.
            Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
                        all the days of my life,
            and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
                        my whole life long.
Resp: The Lord is my shepherd: there is nothing I shall want.

A reading from the letter to the Ephesians

Ephesians 2: 13-18(NRSV)

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father.

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