Prayer of the Day

Sixteenth Sunday of the Year

July 19th, 2015
"As Jesus went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things." Mark 6 : 34

The crowd was as pitiful as a flock of sheep without a shepherd, and without a shepherd, the sheep are in grave danger. Jesus was the Shepherd who could teach them what they needed to know and keep them from straying from God.  In this chapter, different people have examined Jesus’ life and ministry, his neighbours and family. Yet none of these appreciated Jesus for who he was. The disciples were still pondering, still confused, still unbelieving. They did not realise that Jesus could provide for them. They were so preoccupied with the immensity of the task that they would not see what was possible with God.


Lord, may I, too, be ready to share your love and compassion with those whose lives I touch each day. Amen