MY daily reflection and prayer:
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to Mark 6:30-34
The apostles returned to Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a lonely place by themselves. Now many saw them going, and knew them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns, and got there ahead of them. As he went ashore he saw a great throng, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
LAST week we read how Jesus to send his disciples two by two. They worked hard to preach the joy of the Gospel, to heal the sicks, and to cast the demons out.
Today we read how the disciples return to Jesus, and tell him all that they have taught and done. Jesus then invites them and says, “Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while.” So they go away in the boat to a lonely place by themselves.
But so many people see them going, and know them, and they run there on foot from all the towns, and get there ahead of them. As Jesus goes ashore he see a great throng, and he has compassion on them, because they are like sheep without a shepherd; and he begins to teach them many things.
What does it mean? Jesus and his disciples can not take a rest at all. They want to rest for a while but surely they can not do it. They work and work but they are not workaholic. They serve others with compassion. When Jesus see the multitude of people in need of protection and care, he is moved to respond with compassionate heart.
Here we meet Jesus Christ as the truly shepherd. He has to put his life on the line in defending his sheep. He himself leads us like a good shepherd to the safe place. Even he has been willing to lay down his life for us all as his sheep. Jesus Christ loves each of us. His love is a personal love for each of us who came to him in need.
In the Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist we come to Jesus Christ and worship him. There we can take a rest for a while in his sheppherdnees love in prayer. He is the Good Shepherd of our souls. There we find the peace and security of a life freely submitted to Jesus, our Good Shepherd.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, in you we find the unceasing vigilance and patience of God’s love. In our battle against sin and evil, you are ever ready to give us help, strength, and refuge. We trust in your grace and help at all times forever and ever. Amen.
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