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Tuesday of the Psalter Week 2 Download This Homily

January 08, 2018

 Tuesday of the Psalter Week 2

 

1 John 4:7-10;

Psalm 72:1-4, 7-8;

Gospel MK 6:34-44


When Jesus saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. By now it was already late and his disciples approached him and said, "This is a deserted place and it is already very late. Dismiss them so that they can go to the surrounding farms and villages and buy themselves something to eat."  He said to them in reply, "Give them some food yourselves."  But they said to him, "Are we to buy two hundred days' wages worth of food and give it to them to eat?"  He asked them, "How many loaves do you have?  Go and see."  And when they had found out they said, "Five loaves and two fish."  So he gave orders to have them sit down in groups on the green grass. The people took their places in rows by hundreds and by fifties. Then, taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; he also divided the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied. And they picked up twelve wicker baskets full of fragments and what was left of the fish. Those who ate of the loaves were five thousand men.


Compassionate Shepherd


They were like sheep without a shepherd. (V34) A prophetic concern expressed and felt 2000years back remains with all its ill effects. He had compassion on them, for they were sheep without a shepherd. The situation turns to be worse all over the world. Blind religious leaders, irresponsible parents, careless and selfish political leaders make the situations aggravate. Compassion is a word far forgotten, almost deleted from the dictionary of human hearts. The girl who succumbed to death after gang raped and thrown out of a running bus tells us how badly we have lost the virtue of compassion. Apathy galore! The landless peasants, the unorganized workers, the marginalized dalits, the uncared for tribals, the discriminated women, and the forsaken senior citizens – all of them need a shepherd like Jesus to restore to them their human dignity. The gospel is a great sign of hope for the masses. The Church and each follower of Christ should realize this responsibility.


•     It is interesting to note how Jesus resolves this issue. He began to teach them many things. (V34b). And he knows teaching them many things alone would suffice to solve the problem. So he now proceeds to feed them with bread.


•  The shepherding role of Jesus has to be continued by the Church and her ministers. People have to be nourished bodily and spiritually: the Word has to be taught; bred has to be fed. Here lays the task of a missionary today. He/she fails to understand and recognize the hunger of body as well soul in our world. He/she is either biased and makes a serious blunder by giving undue importance for either of this: some give importance for bread and neglecting the Word while others try to feed only Word ignoring the bodily hunger. Jesus was a shepherd par excellent and let us follow him closely and break Word as well bread for the people till all are satisfied to the core.


Fr. Joby Pulickan CMI


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