First Reading | 1 John 4:7-10
Our call to love God and our neighbor is simple but responding to it is difficult. Yet, this is at the heart of being a disciple of Jesus. We need God’s grace to recognize our neighbors and to love them no matter what our experience of them might be. Love is a decision we make despite our circumstances. Love overcomes all things. However, we cannot love based on our own strength alone. Let us invite the Holy Spirit to help us to love.
7 Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. 8 Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only-begotten Son into the world so that we might have life through him. 10 In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.
Responsorial Psalm | Psalm 72:1-2, 3-4, 7-8
R: Lord, every nation on earth will adore you.
1 O God, with your judgment endow the king, and with your justice, the king’s son. 2 He shall govern your people with justice and your afflicted ones with judgment. (R) 3 The mountains shall yield peace for the people, and the hills justice. 4 He shall defend the afflicted among the people, save the children of the poor. (R) 7 Justice shall flower in his days, and profound peace, till the moon be no more. 8 May he rule from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth. (R)
Gospel | Mark 6:34-44
If you want to be a pastor or leader in the Church, get ready to be tired. In the heart of a true pastor lies the struggle to rest and say, “I have done all I can for now.” A pastor sees the needs of his flock and desires to meet them. But it is impossible for one person to meet all the needs of his flock. This is why we must pitch in and help our parishes and communities. Let us support our leaders by being part of the solution to their problems.
The Lord has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor and to proclaim liberty to captives.
34 When Jesus saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. 35 By now it was already late and his disciples approached him and said, “This is a deserted place and it is already very late. 36 Dismiss them so that they can go to the surrounding farms and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” 37 He said to them in reply, “Give them some food yourselves.” But they said to him, “Are we to buy two hundred days’ wages worth of food and give it to them to eat?” 38 He asked them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” And when they had found out they said, “Five loaves and two fish.” 39 So he gave orders to have them sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 The people took their places in rows by hundreds and by fifties. 41 Then, taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; he also divided the two fish among them all. 42 They all ate and were satisfied. 43 And they picked up twelve wicker baskets full of fragments and what was left of the fish. 44 Those who ate of the loaves were five thousand men.