Sunday, June 18, 2023
READINGS: Ex 19:2-6a; Ps 100:1-2, 3, 5; Rom 5:6-11; Mk 1:15; Mt 9:36-10:8
The readings for the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time provide us with profound insights into the essential aspects for living our life on our Christian journey.
In the first reading from Exodus, we witness the encounter between God and His chosen people at Mount Sinai. The Lord, through Moses, reminds the Israelites of His faithfulness and the covenant He has established with them. This reminds us of our vocation or calling as disciples. They invite us to embrace our Christian call by recognizing our responsibility to care for God’s creation and to generously share our gifts with others.
In our second reading from Romans, Saint Paul beautifully articulates the depths of God’s love for humanity. He reminds us that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us, reconciling us with God and offering us the gift of salvation. As Catholics, we are called to gratefully recognize God’s abundant love and respond by using our gifts and resources to build His kingdom. In our discipleship, we discover the joy of participating in God’s redemptive work, bringing hope and healing to a broken world.
The Gospel reading from Matthew recounts how Jesus is moved with compassion as He sees the crowds who are like sheep without a shepherd. He commissions His disciples, empowering them to continue His mission of healing and preaching the Kingdom of God. Like the Good Shepherd, we are called to have hearts filled with empathy and concern for those who are lost, suffering, or in need. We are challenged to extend a helping hand, offer comfort, and meet the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ.
By living a discipleship life, we are challenged to move beyond our comfort zones, embracing the call to serve and witness to the transformative power of Christ’s love. This requires a willingness to step out in faith, to be empowered by the Holy Spirit, and to be instruments of God’s grace and healing.