Monday, July 20, 2015

Another day, another crowd

 "When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd..."
Mark 6:34
Perhaps the last thing Jesus wanted to see as he stepped out of that boat was a "vast crowd." Earlier in this Gospel he had said to the apostles, "Come away by yourselves..." (v. 31) They thought they'd slipped away unnoticed, was this crowd. Jesus recognized the "lost-ness" of the crowd. They needed a shepherd--him.  They needed him. He saw that and responded by "teaching them many things" (v. 34). Jesus teaches us, too, all we will ever need to be  good disciples. He teaches us to see and attend to the needs of others around us. There are times we must put ourselves and our own needs aside, pitch in, and help. This is so hard for me! I'd much rather take Jesus up on his offer to "Come away by yourself!" Let others take care of the suffering, shepherd-less masses, I'm no good at that anyway! And, what do you think the apostles said as they climbed out of the boat, into the midst of the needy throng? Perhaps just like us, on a Monday morning as we head back to work, "Here we go again." Love, heidi

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