OPTIONAL MEMORIAL OF ST. JUAN DIEGO CUAUHTLATOATZIN
Matthew 9:35–10:1, 5a, 6–8
“At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them,” writes Saint Matthew, “because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd” (Mt 9:36). In the Old Testament, the Prophet Ezekiel describes what it was like for Israel to suffer false shepherds. These cruel shepherds fail to care for the sheep: “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” (Ez 34:4). But Christ, the Good Shepherd, strengthens the weak, heals the sick, cures the lame, brings back those who have strayed, and seeks the lost sheep.
Lord Jesus, good and gentle shepherd, help me to trust in the plans that you have for me. May I never doubt your loving and merciful care for my life. Amen.
Could you tell someone the goodness of Christ? Rehearse what you would say in a few sentences to share how Christ the Good Shepherd has cared for you.