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Saturday of week 4 in Ordinary Time, based on Psalm 23:1-6

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not 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.

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not 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.
 
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.

   You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.

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.


Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Deborah Wilhelm

Dr. Deborah Wilhelm is the author, with Bishop Sylvester Ryan, of Preaching Matters: A Praxis for Preachers (Paul Bechtold Theological Library). An active preacher, teacher, writer, retreat leader, and Camaldolese Benedictine Oblate, she holds a D.Min. in preaching from the Aquinas Institute of Theology. She has taught theology, presiding, and preaching for the Loyola Institute for Ministry; preaching for the Aquinas Institute of Theology, for Santa Clara University, and for the Diocese of Monterey (California); and writing at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She lives and prays with her family among the rivers, trees, and blackberry vines of rural Oregon.