Fr.  Mariadas   Sesetti   msfs

Rectory: 809 Clifton Street, Onaga, KS 66521.

Fr. Mariadas Sesetti is a missionary religious priest belonging to the Congregation of Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales (MSFS) a priest for 22 years and served the Church in various roles as Pastor, teacher and Principal, Social animator, Student Counsellor and Administrative Councilor in the pastoral and formal educational settings in India. Deeply interested in biblical and Salesian spirituality Fr. Mariadas would like to grow in the discipleship of Jesus.

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Brief on the Sunday Gospel

Sunday   in  Ordinary  Time (Cycle B)

Gospel  Reading  Mark  6:30-34

The apostles gathered together with Jesus and reported all they had done and taught. He said to them, "Come away by your selves to a deserted place and rest a while." People were coming and going in great numbers, and they had no opportunity even to eat. So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place. People saw them leaving and many came to know about it. They hastened there on foot from all the towns and arrived at the place before them. When he disembarked and 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.

Brief commentary:

Today's text prepares the readers for the first miracle of the multiplication of the bread. Jesus and the Twelve went away to a deserted place to rest; yet there were many who wanted to hear his teaching that they found a way to get to the place ahead of them. Although the Twelve were tired and needed time alone with Jesus, he was not frustrated or angry because the crowd had interrupted their rest. Instead, he felt compassion toward them because "they were like sheep without a shepherd." This is probably a reference to the Good Shepherd of Ezekiel 34:15. Jesus satisfied their spiritual hunger by teaching them many things, thus gradually becoming the shepherd of a new Israel, the new people of God.

As the chapter continues, Mark will show his readers that Jesus could satisfy both the spiritual and the physical needs of the crowd. He will provide food for the people just as God had provided "manna" for the Israelites as they wandered in the desert.

Today's reading offers three significant messages:

* Jesus revealed the awesome compassion and providence of God.
* We, the Church, are like this crowd, always seeking and finding Jesus Christ.
* Jesus showed the qualities that anyone in a position of leadership must have.

For our shared or personal reflection:

After a brief pause for silent reflection share your answers, ideas or feelings.
1. How do I respond when my children, family and friends interrupt my rest? What do I feel toward them?
2. When I see someone in need, do I come out of my shell to reach out to them? Explain.

Suggested readings:

Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraphs 2547-2549; 1397

In the love of Christ
Fr. Maria Das Sesetti