Sunday, August 18, 2019

9th February 2019: Saturday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time Year C

Saturday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Today’s Audio Mass Readings – Lectionary: 328

1st Reading – HEB 13:15-17, 20-21

Brothers and sisters:
Through Jesus, let us continually offer God a sacrifice of praise,
that is, the fruit of lips that confess his name.
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have;
God is pleased by sacrifices of that kind.

Obey your leaders and defer to them,
for they keep watch over you and will have to give an account,
that they may fulfill their task with joy and not with sorrow,
for that would be of no advantage to you.

May the God of peace, who brought up from the dead
the great shepherd of the sheep
by the Blood of the eternal covenant,
furnish you with all that is good, that you may do his will.
May he carry out in you what is pleasing to him through Jesus Christ,
to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Responsorial Psalm – PS 23:1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6

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.

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.

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 Jesus 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.

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The Heart of Jesus

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When Jesus 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. Mark 6:34

It’s important to see the heart of Jesus. In this passage, Jesus and His disciples had taken a moment to get away from the vast crowds so that they could be alone and rest for a while. But the crowds are aware of their departure by boat and they quickly make it to the other side of the lake, arriving before Jesus and the disciples so as to meet them as they do arrive.

What is Jesus’ reaction? Does He look at them with frustration? Does He think to Himself, “Oh my, these people do not leave me alone even for a little while?” Most certainly not. His response is one of heartfelt mercy and compassion. He is moved with pity for them and He continues to teach them many things.

This happened for a number of reasons. First, it happened as a result of the deep longing that so many people felt. They were drawn to Jesus, to listen to Him and to learn from Him. Secondly, it happened because Jesus also had a deep longing to be with His people. He desired to share His heart with them and to shepherd them, leading them into the many truths He came to reveal. Jesus was a true Shepherd who loved His sheep and welcomed them continually.

The same must be true for each one of us. We must all seek to be with Him, love Him and follow His commands. We must diligently and tirelessly seek Him out no matter how difficult that may be. We have a duty, in love, to seek and find our Lord. And Jesus, for His part, will fulfill His duty toward us to shepherd us and teach us many things. He will allow His heart to be moved with mercy and compassion toward us and He will draw us close to Himself.

Reflect, today, upon the merciful heart of Jesus. See His heart, long for Him and go to Him. Know of His burning love for you and accept Him as your Shepherd.

Lord, I do love You and I give my life to You. I pray that You will always fill me with a burning desire to seek You out, each and every day. I thank You for Your mercy and for Your shepherd’s heart. May I rest close to Your heart every day. Jesus, I trust in You.

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