Sixteenth Sunday in ordinary time year B
Message from the Assistant Priest.
The Good Shepherd
"Doom for the shepherd who do not take care of the sheep. You have let my flock be scattered and go wandering. And have not taken care of them." (Jer23:1-6). God is not happy about the situation, God does not want his people abandoned and not looked after, so he is planning to reorganise the whole thing. Here He himself is going to be the pastor. He is going to raise good shepherds from among the people. Moreover he is going to send his own Son as the Good Shepherd.
Jesus as the good shepherd selected 12 men and sent them out to preach, cure the sick and cast out demons. His disciples worked hard. They healed the sick, preached the mission. Expelled demons from those possessed. Then Jesus advised his disciples for a rest but still people were following them. They were like sheep without shepherd. They were in need of Jesus. So Jesus had compassion on them. Jesus today shows the same kind of compassion to those who approach him. He will heal them .He will bless them in their needs if they place their trust in him and follow Him.
Jesus leads his flock away from dangers and leads them to safe pastures. He is so committed to his people and their welfare. He is the shepherd who had taken care of His people. He lay down his life for us. He feeds us with his Word and Eucharist. Let us put our trust and hope in him. He will save us from evil, temptations and will bring peace and serenity in our life.
Bishops, Priests and Layman should act as good shepherd. Every priest is ordained to be a good pastor. A priest has to take care of his people spiritually. He has to lead them to God. He should not be satisfied with the minimum pastoral work. He is also a teacher to teach about God and spiritual life. By sacred ordination every priest takes up this responsibility of being good ministers.
In the same way all baptised Catholics take this responsibility. They also share in the priesthood of Christ. A parent has the responsibility to look after her child spiritually until it grows into maturity. It is the duty of all Christian fathers and mothers to take care of their children and lead them to God. Children practise the faith with their parents. Parents are the best of teachers of faith. Primary responsibility of teaching the faith lies with parents. Children are always with them. They meet them daily .They feed them and look after them. Children should learn from the parents that God is their loving father and Jesus is their Saviour. Faith is the treasure the parents possess and transfer to their children. That faith they should handover to their children by being a model. Parents should live the faith in its fullness. Children try to imitate what they do. If parents do not practise faith children also will not. Jesus is repeating the same lines today. He should not say they are sheep without a shepherd. We should act as good shepherd s for our children and those under our care.
Fr. George Cheeramkuzhy
Bidding Prayers 16th Sunday B
Christ invites all to come away and rest for a while in his company. May he grant our prayers of faith.
Reader: For all those who lead the life of contemplation in religious communities - that their witness will act as a beacon of consolation to the wider world. Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.
That we may as a community of the faithful, be men and women of Prayer - that we will be intent on showing our love of Christ by spending time with him "coming away wih Him" as the Gospel says. Lord in your mercy.
For the newly ordained priest, Father Kevin Murphy of St Edward's Parish that he may be a faithful and true Minister of the Mysteries of Christ and lead many to Jesus our Saviour. Lord in your mercy.
We commend to God’s care all in our schools of St Kentigern and The Divine Mercy, as they begin their school holidays - that our dear childen return, safe and sound and for all who holiday at this period. Lord in your mercy.
For our priests that they be true shepherds of the flock of Christ and communicate his truth and love to a flock which is eager to hear. Give them the spirit of fidelity to the Supreme Shepherd. Protect them from the snares of the Enemy. Lord in your mercy.
For those who feel weakness and illness in their mortal bodies that the shepherd of the flock may refresh them : John Boyle, Mary Gallagher, Denis and Tony McLoughlin, Christine Booth, Julie Brady, Maura McBrien, Mary Molloy, Gilda Royce, Pat Banahan, Mary Moran, Sylvia Cummings.Lord in your mercy.
Christ the good Shepherd of the flock brings us to heaven - may he show his glory and the glory of the Father and the Spirit to those who have died: Clare Comiskey, Paddy O'Leary, Patrick and Joseph O'Leary, Michael Tarpy, Tim Whyte, Tom O'Sullivan, Mgr Dodgeon AND All those whose anniversaries fall now: Robert McAllister (VIGIL), Cath Hoystead.
May their souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
O Mary Conceived without sin. Pray for us who have recourse to thee. HAIL MARY, FULL OF GRACE.
O Lord and heavenly Father of our Lord Jesus Christ- hear and give answer to our heartfelt petitions which we make in faith and through Christ our Lord. AMEN