19 Aug 2020. Cycle A-2020. Ez 34:1-11 + Mt 20:1-16.

Thus says the Lord GOD: Woe to the shepherds of Israel who have been pasturing themselves! Should not shepherd pasture the flock? You consumed milk, wore wool, and slaughtered fatlings, but the flock you did not pasture. You did not strengthen the weak nor heal the sick nor bind up the injured. You did not bring back the stray or seek the lost but ruled them harshly and brutally. So they were scattered for lack of a shepherd, and became food for all the wild beasts (Ez 34:2-5).

When power-drunk hired shepherds
look as their sheared sheep gather,
they say among themselves…
“Let us prey…”

When the decimated sheep
look at their shepherds gather,
they say among themselves…
“Let us pray…” VSS

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