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Today’s Readings – Sunday of Week 16 of Ordinary Time (Year B)

Commentary on Jeremiah 23:1-6; Ephesians 2:13-18; Mark 6:30-34

The theme of today’s readings is Jesus as the model of a good shepherd. We see him teaching, healing and, in the continuation of today’s Gospel next week, feeding. At the opening of the Gospel, we see Jesus inviting his disciples to go with him to a quiet place to rest and have some quiet. Yet, when they get to their chosen destination, they find that the crowds have gone ahead of them and are awaiting their arrival.

We see here an example of the kind of tension that exists in the life of every committed Christian. On the one hand, there is the need to draw away to a quiet place and to recharge one’s batteries, to reflect on and evaluate what one has been doing and to regenerate one’s spiritual energy. At the same … Continue

Yesterday’s Readings – Saturday of Week 15 of Ordinary Time - First Reading

Commentary on Micah 2:1-5

Today we have the first of three readings from the prophet Micah. Micah was a contemporary of Isaiah, but we know nothing of his life except that he came from an obscure village in the foothills of Judah.  Like the other prophets, he attacked those who exploit … Continue

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