Gospel: Mark 6:30-34
The apostles rejoined Jesus and told him all they had done and taught. Then he said to them, ‘You must come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for a while’; for there were so many coming and going that the apostles had no time even to eat. So they went off in a boat to a lonely place where they could be by themselves. But people saw them going, and many could guess where; and from every town they all hurried to the place on foot and reached it before them.
So as he stepped ashore he saw a large crowd; and he took pity on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he set himself to teach them at some length.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ
Donal Neary SJ
Seeking the Lost
If we see someone lost, we feel we want to help. Lost people got Jesus into action, like the shepherd and the lost sheep of the time. Not just a 9-5 and time off; he seemed in some way to know and recognise his own sheep. A personal sort of relationship where every sheep was special. Jesus loved all the sheep, particularly the lost one. He would go looking for them with a heart of love to find them. One by one.
He searched for them with compassion. This is the big word of the kingdom of God. Compassion received and offered in personal knowledge. Compassion is entering into the joyful and sad world of another so that we feel with them. We may not know how exactly others feel, but we can enter into their mood and tones of life.
We need to always discover the personal in God and then among each other. We live in a very impersonal world if we allow it. The text and e-mail can be very official at times when we need the tone of voice and mood of the emotions. Our heart can go out and that is like the good shepherd and we are like that to others. Someone is lost – do you have a laugh at them, or can you remember you were lost too? That can get us compassionate.
The challenge for us in the parish and the church, and everywhere, is to reach out all. That’s what Jesus did and that’s a big mark of the reign of God on earth.
Recall in prayer who in your family or friendship circle
may be lost in some way. How can you help?
Lord, may your kingdom come.
Gospel and Gosple Reflection are taken from Mass Readings and Sunday Homily - Catholicireland.net