LISTEN: Reflection for the Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time – Year B

Sheep and shepherding are very much part of the theme of the scripture readings for this Sunday. Jesus, the good shepherd, is moved with pity in today’s Gospel scene. He satisfies the spiritual hunger of those who are desperate by teaching them many things. By doing this he shows himself to be the faithful shepherd of a Israel.

The image of shepherd is not original to Jesus. The image is drawn from the Prophet Ezekiel 34, in the Old Testament, where God unleashes his anger at the shepherds of Israel who have fattened themselves on the weak and vulnerable, instead of caring for them. Jesus, the Gospel today reveals, is the shepherd of Israel.

This week we are invited into a deeper awareness of the plight of others and for the grace and gift of compassion when faced with their plight. We are invited to become more aware of the vast and growing deserts in which our contemporaries, and perhaps even we, are living today – places that are not human because they lack genuine compassion. We are also invited to ask the Lord to help us find the solitude and repose we need in order to live well the command of Jesus: “Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate”.

Join Fr Russell Pollitt SJ as he reflects on the readings for the Scriptures for the Sixteenth Sunday of the Year.

You can find the texts that this reflection is based on in your bible, or simply just hover your mouse over the following references and the texts will also appear:

Jeremiah 23:1-6; Psalm 23; Ephesians 2:3-18; & Mark 6:30-34

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Fr Russell Pollitt SJ

Fr Russell Pollitt SJ is the Director of the Jesuit Institute and is interested in the impact that communications technology has on society and spirituality. He regularly comments on South African Politics and various issues in the Catholic Church.

director@jesuitinstitute.org.za @rpollittsj
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