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1 Kings 3:4-13
Psalm 119:9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Mark 6:30-34
These two reading are so different and yet have a common theme. Solomon,
when asked what gift he would like was given wisdom; far more valuable then
wealth and power. When Jesus disembarked and 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. They were seeking wisdom and he Lord
was only too happy to reach out to their needs.
Have you ever had to run to make it on time? I remember once when my father
was ill I ran from one end of the airport to my gate, which seemed miles away.
The steward at the gate said, “Get your breath, we will leave in a few minutes”.
Words were not possible; gratefully I nodded a thank you very, very much. He
Desperate for something; I was desperate to make it on that flight. What have
you been desperate for? I have been desperate to learn, desperate to feel better,
desperate to find lost keys, and desperate to learn about the mysteries of life. I
most identify with the crowd, who, according
to the gospel, were like sheep without a
shepherd. Jesus moved with pity left his re-
treat time to speak to the crowd.
Believing that we are all are the Body of
Christ, the message of Jesus comes to me in
various ways. A long time ago when I was
the youth minister I would interview each
young person who was preparing for Confir-
mation. At the interview I asked them to be
attentive to God’s messages at mass. Often