SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
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 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.
A PASTORAL REPORT: A Christian is called by Christ to be a sign of God’s presence to other people in the world. The lifestyle of a Christian is expected to portray God’s presence to others. This is achieved when we evangelize though our way of life. A Christian, like the twelve apostles sent by Jesus, must from time to time bring back to Jesus his or her “pastoral report”. A pastoral report for a Christian is nothing but from time to time to re- examine an own lifestyle. When this does not happen then our connection to Christ is doubtful. Instead of being in one body we are separated from the church something that takes away peace from our hearts. This may result to receiving a curse from God instead of an invitation like the apostles.
PRAYER: Lord help me to be your good messenger so that I may present to you a good pastoral report.