Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 22, 2018
Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord,
when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David.
— Jeremiah 23:5a
Dear Parish Family,
“He said to them, ‘Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.’”
This is what we heard Jesus tell his disciples in the gospel. They had just returned from preaching and teaching in His name, healing the sick, and driving out demons. Jesus knew that they needed time to be alone. Just like those in the business world need time off after a day filled with meetings, just like parents sometimes need a break after a day with their children, so did Jesus see the need for His disciples and Himself to get away, to relax, to refresh themselves, and to reflect on their experiences.
Sometimes that deserted place could be the favorite chair in our homes or the front porch where we like to be when we want to take some time out. Some take a walk around the block. Some go to the library.
We all need time for ourselves, to go to wherever that deserted place might be, to rest a while. Not only does it give us a chance to re-charge our batteries, it also gives God a chance to talk with us. Even though we think we might be by ourselves, we can never get away from God who, in His own gentle way, enjoys spending some time with us.
In the Word,
First Reading — I shall gather the remnant of my flock and bring them back to their meadow (Jeremiah 23:1-6).
Psalm — The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want (Psalm 23).
Second Reading — In Christ Jesus you who were once far off have become near by the blood of Christ (Ephesians 2:13-18).
Gospel — When Jesus saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, and he began to teach them many things (Mark 6:30-34).
Readings for the Week
Mon: Mi 6:1-4, 6-8; Ps 50:5-6, 8-9, 16bc-17, 21, 23; Mt 12:38-42
Tues: Mi 7:14-15, 18-20; Ps 85:2-8; Mt 12:46-50
Wed: 2 Cor 4:7-15; Ps 126:1bc-6; Mt 20:20-28
Thurs: Jer 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13; Ps 26:6-7ab, 8-11; Mt 13:10-17
Fri: Jer 3:14-17; Jer 31:10-13; Mt 13:18-23
Sat: Jer 7:1-11; Ps 84:3-6a, 8a, 11; Mt 13:24-30
Sun: 2 Kgs 4:42-44; Ps 145:10-11, 15-18; Eph 4:1-6; Jn 6:1-15