Year B: Catholic homily for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Theme: JESUS, OUR LORD AND MASTER CARES BEYOND MEASURE!
By: Rev. Sr Justine Oluchi Egbedike, Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco.
Homily for Sunday July 18 2021
Child of God, don’t you think one of the solutions to save our scattered and bloody world, is to return to Jesus the Good Shepherd?
We have gone astray, we have wandered away on mountain top; we stained our hands with the blood of the innocent.It is time to tell the compassionate Jesus, who cares and loves us to have mercy on us.
*Let us listen to the full Gospel ( Mark 6:30-34)*
“At that time: The apostles returned to Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a lonely place by themselves. Now many saw them going, and knew them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns, and got them ahead of them. As he landed he saw a great throng, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.”
It was said in the above Gospel reading that “The apostles returned to Jesus, and gave an account of the good work they have done and taught. The Master was very happy and said to them ” come away to a lonely place and rest a while”
My dear, may l ask you, with our sinful lifestyle full of killings, evil, cheating, lack of compassionate heart etc. today, what account can we give to Jesus when we return to him ?
You and l , are called today to do like Jesus, ” who saw a multitude of people, they were like sheep without a Shepherd and he had compassion on them”.
Remember wherever you are; in the market , office, school, house, you are a Shepherd. You must protect, defend, love and care for life.
Do not lose sight of the poorer ones in our midst, let us not forget to stop a while and talk about the Goodnews of Christ to others.
Jesus also underscored the need to go on break so we could think about the God of the work too. It is not enough to think about the work of God and have no relationship with Him who calls and bestows the work on us. Let us learn from Jesus as pastoral agents too and His servants to go on vacation or sabbatical so as not to be burnt out.
May we be refreshed and invigorated by the God of the work as we endeavour to do His will.
*Prayer:* Lord Jesus we have gone astray, have compassion on us and give us a compassionate heart like yours and make us sin no more. Amen!
Happy Sunday and happy new week which is full of compassion and love for others.
Always on my knees for you in prayers.
Your Rev. Sr Justine Oluchi Egbedike, Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco.
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