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Today’s Gospel snippet from Mark is a prelude to the miraculous feeding of the 5000, which we will be hearing more about next week. Mark’s Gospel focuses on how Jesus’ awareness of people’s needs led him to respond as a good shepherd who would reveal God’s generosity.
As we listen to St. Mark and the Prophet Jeremiah’s message and Psalm 23, we are led to discern how we are called to respond to the needs of our time…
St. Mark asks us to look at our world the way Jesus looked at his, to feel the needs of our people and respond in whatever way we are able.
Just maybe that is the question of today and of every day: How can we, how will we, as a person, a family, a community of faith, a people, respond to the needs of those around us and even beyond, in whatever way we are able, during our daily “walking tour” of life?
Or to use the imagery of today’s readings, how will we be good shepherds to others every day in word and in deed?