Thursday, July 16, 2015
by Sister Renee Delvaux
Can you remember a time when you were so very exhausted after a long day, being involved with many people and tasks, that you just needed a break? Finally, about to sit down for a rest, someone called or found you and needed your help. What was your response?
In the Gospel today we find Jesus and the apostles so involved in preaching and healing that they had no time to rest or even eat. Jesus invited them to get away to a quiet place to rest, but the crowds pursued them and even got to the place before Jesus and the apostles did. Instead of being frustrated and angry with the crowds who followed, Jesus' "heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he began to teach them many things" (Mk. 6:34). Jesus was generous with his time, always open to the needs of others.
Although this Sunday is not officially called Good Shepherd Sunday, the message certainly is about being a good shepherd. As disciples of Jesus we are called to be good shepherds as he was. The Christian call is to a life of sacrifice for others, not counting the cost. It is a life of commitment and service with heart-felt love and concern for all of God's people.
Lord Jesus, Good Shepherd, thank you for your love especially shown in your ultimate sacrifice on the cross. Help us to be flexible and open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and generous in our response to the needs of others, putting aside our plans and giving without counting the cost.
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