Gospel Reflection | Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gospel Reading

At the sight of the crowds, Jesus’ 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.

Matthew 9:36—10:8

Gospel Reflection

Praise be Jesus Christ!

Happy Father's Day!

In the Scriptures the Church proposes for us today at Mass, we are invited to reflect upon God's immense love for us.

The First Reading reminds us that we are a special possession of God (cf. Ex 19:5). In other words, God loves us immensely and because of that love, He cares for us in very special ways. However, in order to truly live as His special possession, we are called to holiness of life.

Today, we pray for our fathers. We pray that Eternal Rest be granted to our deceased fathers. On our living fathers, we ask God's blessing that they might reflect the loving kindness of God the Father reflected in the First Reading. May they courageously live their vocations as holy and loving husbands and fathers, the providers, protectors, and defenders of their families.

Today, let us be reminded not only of God's great love for us but also our baptismal vocation to spread the love we have received from Him to others.

As always, know of my prayers before Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament.

+Bishop Schlert


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