GOSPEL LIVING

Sunday July 22,2018

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Jeremiah 23:1-6
Ephesians 2:13-18
Psalm 23:1-6
Mark
6:30-34

30 The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. 31 Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”

32 So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. 33 But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.

Meditation:
"He pitied them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and He began to teach them at great length." —Mark 6:34

The main responsibility of a shepherd is to feed his sheep. Jesus the Good Shepherd is preoccupied with feeding His sheep. He Himself went without food (Mk 6:31) to feed His sheep by teaching them at great length. The way Jesus wants us to show our love for Him is by feeding His sheep (Jn 21:17).

We need both physical and spiritual feeding, but the most important is spiritual. We are fed spiritually in two ways: Holy Communion and God's word. Jesus said: "My flesh is real food" (Jn 6:55) and "Not on bread alone is man to live but on every utterance that comes from the mouth of God" (Mt 4:4).

This booklet, One Bread, One Body, is intended to feed the sheep in these two ways. We teach the Scripture readings for the daily Eucharist to encourage all our readers to read the Bible and to go to Mass and Holy Communion daily. We feed the sheep in this way because we love the sheep, and especially we love the Shepherd.