Today’s first reading from Jeremiah is a stern rebuke from the Lord that the shepherds of his flock would be called to account for leading his people astray.
Woe to the shepherds
who mislead and scatter the flock of my pasture,
says the LORD.
Therefore, thus says the LORD, the God of Israel,
against the shepherds who shepherd my people:
You have scattered my sheep and driven them away.
You have not cared for them,
but I will take care to punish your evil deeds.
I myself will gather the remnant of my flock
from all the lands to which I have driven them
and bring them back to their meadow;
there they shall increase and multiply.
I will appoint shepherds for them who will shepherd them
so that they need no longer fear and tremble;
and none shall be missing, says the LORD.
This message applies not only to the time of Jeremiah, but to our own time as well. It means that bishops, priests, deacons and others who lead God’s people must abide in the truth and must tell the truth, no matter what the consequences. It also means that parents must teach the truth to their children, even if they do not accept it. Husbands and wives must boldly proclaim the truth to each other. We are given the gift of Christ, who is the embodiment of truth. Our advocacy on behalf of the truth must never waver.
One day, God will call upon us to account how we have used the gift of truth he has given us. I pray, my sisters and brothers, that the Lord will find that you worthily shared the truth of Christ.
Please pray for all of our priests, our religious, and our deacons. they need your prayers.
As for me, I ask Blessed Mary, ever virgin, all the Angels and Saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the Lord our God.