I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Reflection for Sunday July 19, Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time; Mark 6:30-34

Gospel: 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 yourselves 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.
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A man who had a problem in his marriage went to his neighbor to seek advice. This man was able to talk to his neighbor and in the process of their conversation. The neighbor asked the troubled man this question: Is Jesus an integral part of your marriage? For example, do you pray together? Do you attend Holy Mass together? The man said no, then the neighbor advised him to have time for Jesus and things will be alright with him and his wife.

In the gospel vast crowd were running after Jesus (Mark 6:34) because they knew that Jesus would straighten out their lives. They were not only after Jesus because they want to be cured and be fed. Some perhaps were running after Jesus because they want Jesus to heal also their broken marriages. Perhaps they also have family issues and the like.

The vast crowd who were following Jesus wherever he goes saw in Jesus a good shepherd who will not only feed and heal them. They also saw in Jesus a good shepherd who will give them precious advice the can heal their marriage and other family issues.

What does this mean to you?

This means that whenever you have issues in your marriage and other family matters that seem difficult to resolve. Go to Jesus in prayer bend your knees before Him and ask Him for help and guidance.

 Always remember that Jesus is your ever present good shepherd. Ever ready to guide you so that you will make the right decisions in strengthening your family.  Go to Jesus and ask Him for the gift of humility and forgiveness which are very much lacking in many marriages today.  

Jesus is your good shepherd; He will always be there for you. – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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