July 21, 2024
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jeremiah 23:1-6
Psalm 23
Ephesians 2:13-18
Mark 6: 30-34

Our True Shepherd

Today’s scriptural theme as presented by the Church follows what was presented last week and before. Throughout this period of Ordinary Time, the overall theme is that of God’s eternal salvation and God’s eternal justice.

Ask this question. Who do you choose to follow?

One must be very careful in selecting one’s leader. A false prophet might be waiting to lead you to his or her own personal advantage. The actions and not just the words must help indicate the type of leader you are choosing.

In the gospel story, Jesus is frustrated because he and the apostles cannot get needed rest to recuperate from the apostles’ own recent mission. Yet, when Jesus saw the crowd that was so much in need of guidance, he took the time to “teach them many things.” The people much needed a shepherd. Jesus puts aside his own desires and needs and serves them. He sacrifices for their needs.

In the second reading of the day, unity is much the theme. Christ’s mission was to restore unity between humankind and God the Father. The early Church had much the same challenge we have today. There were divisions among the different groups of people. The divisions were due to the differing perspectives each had depending on how they first came to know Jesus. Jewish Christians and gentile Christians approached membership in the faith community differently.

The prophet Jeremiah (first reading) rants against the kings who did not properly lead the people. Due to their malfeasance, the people lost their homeland and were sent into exile. These leaders did not put the needs of the people first. Nevertheless, Jeremiah had hope God would send the Messiah who would set things right.

Let the question be on you today. Ask yourself what kind of leader you would be. What kind of leader are you now? Are you willing to put aside your own selfish wishes for the good of others? Can you keep in check the many temptations that can come with being in a seat of authority? Will you make the effort to study, pray and lead by example? Are you striving to be a leader for some reason of your own? Or like the prophet Amos from last week and Jeremiah this week, are you chosen by God; was being a leader or prophet the last thing on your mind but on God’s mind for you?

Look to the prophets in the Bible. Then, look to Jesus and how he behaved. Use the true shepherd as your guide if you should ever be in the position to lead in authority.

Peace and blessings,
Father Bob

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Pope Francis’ Prayer for Peace

Now, Lord, come to our aid! Grant us peace, teach us peace; guide our steps in the way of peace. Open our eyes and our hearts, and give us the courage to say: "Never again war!"; "With war everything is lost". Instill in our hearts the courage to take concrete steps to achieve peace.

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This Weeks Scripture Readings

July 21, 2024
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


Reading I
Jer 23:1-6
Woe to the shepherds
who mislead and scatter the flock of my pasture,
says the LORD.
Therefore, thus says the LORD, the God of Israel,
against the shepherds who shepherd my people:
You have scattered my sheep and driven them away.
You have not cared for them,
but I will take care to punish your evil deeds.
I myself will gather the remnant of my flock
from all the lands to which I have driven them
and bring them back to their meadow;
there 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.

Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD,
when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David;
as king he shall reign and govern wisely,
he shall do what is just and right in the land.
In his days Judah shall be saved,
Israel shall dwell in security.
This is the name they give him:
"The LORD our justice."

Responsorial Psalm
Ps 23
R. (1) The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
He guides me in right paths
for his name's sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
with your rod and your staff
that give me courage.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come.
R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

Reading II
Eph 2:13-18
Brothers and sisters:
In Christ Jesus you who once were far off
have become near by the blood of Christ.

For he is our peace, he who made both one
and broke down the dividing wall of enmity, through his flesh,
abolishing the law with its commandments and legal claims,
that he might create in himself one new person in place of the two,
thus establishing peace,
and might reconcile both with God,
in one body, through the cross,
putting that enmity to death by it.
He came and preached peace to you who were far off
and peace to those who were near,
for through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.

Alleluia
Jn 10:27
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord;
I know them, and they follow me.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

The Gospel
Mk 6:30-34
The apostles gathered together with Jesus
and reported all they had done and taught.
He said to them,
“Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.”
People were coming and going in great numbers,
and they had no opportunity even to eat.
So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place.
People saw them leaving and many came to know about it.
They hastened there on foot from all the towns
and arrived at the place before them.

When he disembarked and saw the vast 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.

Next Weeks Readings

July 28, 2024
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

2 Kings 4:42-44
Psalm 145
Ephesians 4:1-6
John 6:1-15



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