Twentieth Week of Ordinary Time

Readings
First Scripture Reading
Ezekiel 34: 1-11
Gospel Reading
Matthew 20: 1-16

Opening Prayer

Shepherd of the World, You have entrusted so much to us. You have created us as stewards and shepherds of Your world. Are You angry that we have ravaged the flock You asked us to care for, in order to take care of ourselves? We have made a meal of the mission You gave us. Your sheep roam aimlessly for self-protection or to avoid our abuse. Our self- gratification destroys many and divides our world. Our injustice must infuriate Your divine wisdom as it frustrates the development of Your reign. Teach us again Your gentle and compassionate shepherding skills. InSpirit us to live with the tension of justice and generosity. Help us not to shrink justice to our human, self-righteous standards. Remake our hearts like Your own, Good Shepherd. We really are the lost and wandering sheep, even as we pretend to be the mighty shepherds.

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