18 Jul Sun, 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time (B)

7/17/2021 12:04:19 PM
Jer. 23:1-6 / Ps. 22:1-4,5,6 / Eph. 2:13-18 / Mk. 6:30-34 (Ps Wk IV)

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Jesus saw the crowd and felt that they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began to teach them, to guide them, for he was the Good Shepherd. The background to Psalm 23, "The Lord is my Shepherd," may be seen in chapter 34 of the book of the Prophet Ezekiel: God had grown impatient, even disgusted, with the way in which the kings of Israel failed to take care of the people, the sheep of God's flock who had been entrusted to their care: the people were truly like sheep without a shepherd.

God never wanted Israel to have an earthly king, but when Israel insisted, God let them have their way until he was forced, out of mercy and love, to take back to himself the duties of the king, the duties of a true and Good Shepherd. When Jesus proclaimed himself as the Good Shepherd, that was one of the occasions when he came close to an open and unequivocal affirmation that he was God.

Most of us are urban dwellers and have no experience of what it means to be a shepherd - we have not seen shepherds at work and know little of their reality. We have, however, learned to accept the image of the Good Shepherd, and we understand to some degree the need for God's guidance and for Jesus' teaching to ensure that we are guided along the right path in life, the path that will bring us safely to our heavenly home.

Lord Jesus, guide us through life to our heavenly home.    

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7月18日 ( 日 )常年期第十六主日

耶肋米亞先知書 23:1-6
聖詠 23:1-3,3-4,5,6
厄弗所書 2:13-18
馬爾谷福音 6:30-34

耶肋米亞先知批評那些沒有按照天主心意引導以色列子民的牧人。聖經其他地方都有類似的,對不負責任、不匹配的牧者的指責。天主許下,最終祂要收拾殘局,親自領回祂的羊,由祂自己親自牧放。當耶穌自稱是善牧時,祂實際上就是在宣示祂的天主性:祂把天主要領回被「摧殘和趕散」的羊這個責任,自然地貼合在自己身上。

天主許諾:「我要興起牧者來牧放牠們」。耶穌遂將這個許諾實現:祂揀選十二位宗徒,將祂治病和驅魔的權柄授予他們。門徒們到處宣講,耶穌的神能,常在他們身上。

世代以來,天主繼續興起稱職的牧者,可惜仍有嚴重損害基督奧體的惡牧。世代以來,天主子民寄望於天主要親自牧放祂的羊,這個許諾之上。世代以來,善牧耶穌繼續揀選並派遣祂的宗徒,所以,教會從來不缺聖者。

主耶穌,請繼續給祢的教會興起步祢後塵的善牧,讓他們充滿祢的智慧和恩寵,引領祢的子民在成聖的路上走。

(theology.org.hk)
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