February 4, 2017 Saturday of the 4th Week in Ordinary Time-A
Hebrews 13:15-17, 20-21
…his heart was moved with pity for them… Mark 6:34
Lord, what did you see in that vast crowd that moved your heart to pity. Mark writes they were like sheep without a shepherd. Sheep are so dependent on their shepherd for green pastures, fresh water and protection from predators. Without a faithful shepherd the sheep will be scattered and lost. Lord, our prideful human ways are focused on independence and self-determination. We are accountable for our decisions and responsible for work and family duties. But I must admit I am in need of a shepherd. Without you I can do nothing–although I try. When I try to go it alone I put myself at risk of giving into temptation and becoming a lost sheep. Lord, help me today to be aware of your constant guidance and loving care. Bring me to green pastures where I can live the abundant life you offer. Fill me with the grace I so need to follow you and your will for me. “The Lord is my Shephard: there is nothing I lack.” Thank you, Good Shepherd, for providing all I truly need. Amen.