Sunday, July 22, 2018
We have a shepherd, a Good Shepherd
This Sunday's reading have a great deal to do with both shepherds and sheep. Jeremiah talks about what will befall the shepherds who mislead and scatter the flock. The Lord says that he himself will gather the remnant of the flock and bring them back to their meadow where they shall increase and multiply. "I will appoint shepherds for them who will shepherd them so that they need no longer fear and tremble; and none shall be missing, says the Lord."
Then we have the Good Shepherd psalm:23:1-6 where we proclaim that "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want....
In the Gospel, Mark 6:30-34, we have the apostles reported back to the Lord about all they had done and taught. He invites them to a deserted place to rest a while as there were so many people coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat. So off they go, but people saw them and hastened to the other side so that when Jesus disembarked and saw the crowd "his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he began to teach them many things."
So many needy people in our world today are longing for us to be moved with pity for them and bring them consolation from the Good Shepherd.