On Today’s Gospel

Posted: February 9, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections

Often we overlook the fact that as leaders of our church communities are bound to look after the souls of our members. To nurture their growth towards Holiness and to lead them into a deeper relationship with Christ Jesus our Lord. We can only do so if we are ourselves are leading a grace filled sacramental life. Going often for the Sacrament of reconciliation and Holy Eucharist. Spending time with our Lord in prayer and Adoration. Through the Holy spirit we will be guided on how best to lead our flock.

Who better to lead us then our faithful and loving shepherd our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. Through His example and by His Word we become better shepherds to lead His flock.

Lord Jesus Bless, anoint and guide your Shepherds so that we may serve You and Your flock faithfully. Amen

First reading

Hebrews 13:15-17,20-21 †
May God turn us all into whatever is acceptable to himself through Jesus Christ

Through Christ, let us offer God an unending sacrifice of praise, a verbal sacrifice that is offered every time we acknowledge his name. Keep doing good works and sharing your resources, for these are sacrifices that please God.
Obey your leaders and do as they tell you, because they must give an account of the way they look after your souls; make this a joy for them to do, and not a grief – you yourselves would be the losers. I pray that the God of peace, who brought our Lord Jesus back from the dead to become the great Shepherd of the sheep by the blood that sealed an eternal covenant, may make you ready to do his will in any kind of good action; and turn us all into whatever is acceptable to himself through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever, Amen.

Gospel

Mark 6:30-34
They were like sheep without a shepherd

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.

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