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Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/120316.cfm
Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and curing every disease and illness. At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”
Then he summoned his Twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits to drive them out and to cure every disease and every illness.
Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus, “Go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, drive out demons. Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.”
There are many lost sheep today. People who wander aimlessly, mouthing the platitudes of other, believing the lies they are told and allowing others to control their speech and their movements. They have heard the voice of the Shepherd but they do not know how to find it again. Have you heard the Shepherds voice? Are you lost and looking or have you found Him and follow only Him?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I once was one of the lost sheep, believing what you did not say, hearing voices that were not yours. But you kept calling me and I finally heard you through the roar of the crowd. Thank you for not giving up on me and calling me gently to you, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Blessed are all who wait for the Lord.