Good News B34
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
“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.”
In today’s Gospel Jesus takes the apostles off by themselves in a boat for a little rest. While he is out there, he notices that a great crowd of people has gathered just to be close to him. These people were hoping that Jesus would come and speak to them. They appeared lost. These people he said were like a sheep without a shepherd. They wanted Jesus to lead them by telling them how to follow in God’s path.
When your younger brothers or sisters hang around you and you wish they wouldn’t, say a prayer for them. They may be a little lost. You may be the one that God wants to give them direction. Perhaps you can enjoy just being together playing their favorite game, reading a funny book, or helping them with a problem. Make certain you get a good night’s sleep so you can be more alert to ways to do God’s work during the day.
If it is you that is lost and everyone in your family is busy doing other things, then spend time with God in prayer. He always has time for you. God can slow things down so that you can see where you are going. Draw a picture of Jesus and put it on a wall or table beside your bed. If you stay close enough where you can see Jesus, just like the people in the crowds did, then he will come to you and lead you in the right direction. Because Jesus is the Good Shepherd, he will take you to the path that God, the Father wants you to travel. He will keep you safe from evil. He will provide you with the rest, food, and drink you need to do God’s will every day of your life.
Anytime you pray you receive food and water for your soul. When you go to church and receive Communion in the form bread and wine of the Holy Eucharist, you are receiving the body and blood of Jesus Christ. You receive the power you need to say “No” to evil and “Yes” to the will of God.
Say the “Our Father” and thank God the Father for sending Jesus, his only begotten Son to earth so that your sins could be forgiven. What God gives you as your daily bread is everything you need.
“Our Father, who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day, our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
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