Newsletter 22 & 29 July 2018
<p "><span ">The messages from across the readings of this weekend are meant to challenge us on the values we hold <span ">at various points both as shepherds and the sheep. <span "> <span ">Our Lord Jesus Christ chose twelve men from among his disciples whom he sent to share in his ministry of preaching and healing. <span "> We who are Jesus’ disciples today have also been sent to share the Gospel with others.<span "> <p "><span ">How do we carry out our apostolic work as baptised Christians who share in the priestly ministry of Jesus and as ordained ministers who have it as a sacred duty? Do we, like the apostles, make spiritual returns of souls or do we measure our success based on the material fall outs of our ministry? <span "> Do we eat or tend the sheep under our care? <span "> Do we undertake the “extra-mile” ministry? <span "> By this I mean, leaving our things to attend to others even at those times we consider private? <span "> Like Jesus, do we see the need in the lives of the flock or do we only feel the disturbance? Like the crowd, are we still in search of Jesus; taking the pain to go over to the other side to wait for him. <span "> Those who search for the Lord will find him (Isaiah 55:6) and those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength (Isaiah 40:31). <p ">Perhaps our commitment to following Jesus as his disciple leaves us feeling tired and overwhelmed. <span "> No wonder, Christ affirms in the Gospel of Mark 6:30-34, the importance of times of rest and renewal. <span "> Jesus wanted his disciples to come away and spend time alone with him. This is what we seek and find in our life of prayer and in our celebration of the Eucharist.