Readings & Reflection Questions

It’s all about connecting… Life and Faith


SUNDAY READINGS

Readings for The Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 15 (Cycle B) Readings for The Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 22 (Cycle B)
First Reading: Amos 7:12-15
Second Reading:
Ephesians 1:3-14
Gospel:
Mark 6:7-13
First Reading:  Jeremiah 23:1-6
Second Reading: Ephesians 2:13-18
Gospel:  Mark 6:30-34

Jesus’ instructions to the apostles are very specific.  He repeats the mission that they are sent to preach and to share his authority to heal and to drive out demons.  Jesus sends them in pairs, establishing his mission as a communal endeavor.

Jesus continues to send us into the world as his disciples. Like the first disciples, we are not sent alone.  Jesus has given us the community of the Church, which strengthens our life of discipleship.  All Christians are to speak for God in the world – even when the world does not care to listen. 

Jesus looks at the crowd with great feeling.  They have no one to feed them with the teaching that will give them life.  Jesus appreciates how vulnerable people are and how fragile their lives are.  Like sheep, they will die without a shepherd to keep them together.  Seeing their need, Jesus himself begins to teach.  He becomes the shepherd to the leaderless flock. 

Jesus calls his disciples to be the kind of shepherd he is.  The disciples of course will not understand this kind of leadership until after the death and resurrection of Jesus.  

Connection To Life:

Connection To Life:

Relate a time in your life when your attitude shifted from “No way, I can’t do that, Lord!” to “With you, oh Lord, I certainly can!”  What caused the shift in your attitude?

Christ sends us out to love all people.  Who do you need to share His love with this week?

When in your life have you felt like a sheep without a shepherd, in need of spiritual and/or physical care? Where or from whom did you seek care?

Jesus wants us to take time for rest and to spend time with him in prayer.  As you plan for recreational activities this summer, how will you ensure you have allowed time for daily prayer?  Is there an “out-of-the-way place” in which you could retreat to pray?

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