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The Choice Is Ours

He pitied them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd
Mark 6:30-34

Sermon Topic Good Shepherd

Sermon Week Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 6:34


A retired couple, living in Florida, were sitting on their front porch one evening. The wife was just watching the people go by. The husband was reading a book on physiology. The wife turned to her husband and said, "George, let's go inside and watch the late show." To which George replied, "I'm too tired. Do you realize that today my heart beat 1O3,389 times? My blood Travelled 168,OOO miles. I breathed 23,OOO times. I inhaled 483 cubic feet of air. I moved 75O major muscles. And I exercised 7 million brain cells. I'm exhausted. I'm going to bed." All that work! Just to stay alive, in one day! And if that isn't enough to make you want to go to bed, imagine that you have been conditioned to believe that you are only a grain of sand with little or no control over your fate; that you are exposed each day to events that drain your self-esteem; that you are inundated constantly with the negative garbage that pours out from the newspapers and the TV. Combine that with your concern for your family's welfare, concern for your own future and add to it the fear that the world is becoming a cesspool of pollution or may blow itself up some bright summer day. How can you maintain any feeling of well-being when you must spend most of your time and effort merely trying to survive?

Why should you think very highly of yourself as a member of the human condition? How can you be content with things as they are? How can you be happy? What is there to like in you? What's so great about this life? Who called this "heaven on earth?" Help!1

But take heart! Over-and-over again the Gospel writers remind us that the darkest night can be turned into the brightest day, that a human person is amazingly resilient, a miracle of God's creation, and "capable of rescuing itself from its own living death, many times -- if it is given the opportunity and shown the way."2

In today's Gospel Lesson, we are reminded that [...]

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