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Saturday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

2 Thessalonians 1:3: We ought always to thank God for you, brothers, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, may your love so fill us so that we can fully share love with those that meet each day. May this love grow and increase in so that others may readily see its benefits and distinguish that it is a direct response to the lavish love you have shared with us. Through the power of your Spirit, help us love increase! In Infant Jesus name we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (February 08, 2013)
Day: Saturday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
First Reading: Heb 13:15-17, 20-21
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 23:1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6
Second Reading: Nil
Gospel: Mark 6:30-34
Lectionary: 328
Colour: Green
Listen to Reading:
Scripture: Mark 6:30-34
30The apostles returned to Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. 31And he said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while." For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32And they went away in the boat to a lonely place by themselves. 33Now many saw them going, and knew them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns, and got there ahead of them. 34As he went ashore he saw a great throng, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
The flocks spent a good part of their time in the open country. Watching over them required a great deal of concentration and care. Sheep who go astray from the flock had to be sought out and brought back by the shepherd. Since hyenas, jackals, wolves, and even bear were common and provide for on sheep, the shepherds often had to do battle with these wild and dangerous creatures. A shepherd exactly had to put his life on the line in defending his sheep. Shepherds took turns looking the sheep at night to ward off any attackers. The sheep and their shepherds repeatedly lived together. Their life was so intimately bound jointly that individual sheep, even when mixed with other flocks, could recognize the voice of their own shepherd and would come straight away when called by name. And Jesus speaks about such a shepherd. Loving Infant Jesus, you guard and protect us from all evil as a shepherd do. Help us to stand firm in your word and to trust in your help in all circumstances. May we always find rest and protection in the shelter of your presence.


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