July 22, 2012
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
by Rev. Fr. Caloy Reyes
First Reading: Jeremiah 23:1-6
Psalm: Psalm 23:1-6
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.
We need a shepherd because we need salvation. We cannot save ourselves. We need Jesus to save us. As a shepherd to His sheep, Jesus will never abandon us. Para kay Hesus, walang iwanan. That is why in moments of struggles, of problems - in our lowest moments, we should not be afraid, for Jesus our Shepherd will always be with us.
Kung ano ang nararamdaman natin, nararamdaman din ni Hesus. Kung may problema tayo, may problema din si Jesus. Kung nawawala tayo, hahanapin tayo ni Jesus para ibalik sa piling Niya. Our obligation then is to listen to God’s call and to pray that we may also be good shepherds to each other.