Hebrews 13:15-17,20-21
15 Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.
16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.17 Obey your leaders and submit to them; for they are keeping watch over your souls, as men who will have to give account. Let them do this joyfully, and not sadly, for that would be of no advantage to you.
20 Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant,21 equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in you that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Mark 6:30-34 

30 The apostles returned to Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught.
31 And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat.
32 And they went away in the boat to a lonely place by themselves.
33 Now many saw them going, and knew them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns, and got there ahead of them.
34 As he went ashore he saw a great throng, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.


THE FIRST READING: The writer encourage the flock to continuously present themselves when the sacrifice of praise–Holy Mass– is being offered by the priests.  Moreover the flock must obey and submit to their shepherd who mediate between God and man, keeping watch over the soul of the flock. In verses 20-21 the author who is a priestly shepherd, pray that the people who read or heard his message, be blessed with goodness so that they may do the will of God.

THE GOSPEL READING: Priests need time out in a quite serene place to rejuvenate their soul so as to prevent burnout; an emotional stressful condition that can turn a hardworking overzealous diligent pastor or layperson into an empty vessel! To be sure, all believers need to perennially seperate from our daily domestic or work chores to reflect on our lives, because it is possible that we have inadvertently lost our way, taken a wrong turn ending up in a bottomless abyss! To this end, our Lord recognize that His priestly ministers needs time out after having successfully completed their missionary journey, in the face of an unrelenting needy restless crowd. 

Both priests and laity need to go on an annual spiritual retreat guided by a trained retreat master, someone who is in communion with the teaching and ethos of the Catholic church. This occasion should allow the flock to visit our moral foundation, pertaing to our vocation, guiding us in the way of the Cross, so Christ the great shepherd may reestablish our communion with Him in the Sacrifice of praise, to heal and restore our soul to how God intended it to be.

LET US PRAY:Psalms 23:1-6 

1 A Psalm of David.
The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want;
2 he makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters;3 he restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of my enemies; thou anointest my head with oil, my cup overflows.6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Commentary. Henry R SYLVESTER Note: The daily scripture readings are taken from the Roman Missal which the Catholic Church use in the daily Celebration of the Holy Eucharist throughout the world.Some weekly readings may differ because of the celebration of local feast days.

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