"I challenge you to make your life like a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk."
Gospel text (Mk 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 Jesus 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.
Today’s Gospel passage reminds us of our dependence on Jesus and the Word of God. For those of us who have chosen to try to follow the teaching of Jesus do so because we have found in him the shepherd. Therefore, the body of Christ, the Church, must be constantly teaching. When the Church was born at the first Christian Pentecost, she immediately devoted herself to the apostles' teaching (Acts 2:42).
Teaching is essential to God's plan of salvation. Remember, he is our shepherd and we are his sheep, and as a good shepherd he does not abandon his flock.