Posted by: livingscripture | February 4, 2017

Fourth Saturday of Ordinary Time



WORD of the DAY

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.  (Mark 6: 34)

How shall I live this Word?pppas0244

How great is Jesus’ sadness; He is moved every time He sees how the sheep do not know where to go; without a shepherd, without anyone to guide them, without the light that allows them to find the path again.  Why is it that we are sometimes lost because instead of looking for Jesus, we walk to the opposite road?

We believe; we hope; we love.  “The Lord is my Shepherd.  I want for nothing!  He strengthens me, He guides me along the right path.  For love of His name.  If I should walk in the valley of darkness, nothing will I fear, for You are there at my side.  Your staff and Your rod give me comfort.  You prepare a table for me in the sight of my foes”. (Psalm 23)

Then, Jesus begins to teach them many things.  The crowd is impressed: “He teaches with authority, not like the Scribes!”  Teaching does not always mean saying new things.  The content Jesus gave did not only come from His words, but also from His gestures, His way of treating others.  The message is never separate from the person who communicates it.  Jesus was a welcoming person.  He loved the people.  Goodness and love emerged from His words and were part of the content.  Good content without goodness is like milk spilled on the ground.  Jesus’ teaching was a communication that rose from the abundance of His heart.

Lord, help us to unify our mind, our affections, our actions in You so that the harmony of our life will be a sign of Your presence and Your love.

The voice of Pope Francis (Angelus 19 July 2015)

To see and to have compassion are always associated in the attitude of Jesus.  In fact, His glance was not that of a sociologist or a reporter, because He always looked with the eyes of His heart.


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