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Christ Our Brother

...and He had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd
Mark 6:30-34

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Sermon Week Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 6:34


The year was 1942. A U.S. Army lieutenant was deeply troubled. The troop-transport ship to which he was assigned had just landed on the northwest coast of Africa and the men were to capture a highly strategic airfield. Its defense was extremely tight. The lieutenant, whose title was "Morale and Special Services Officer," was ordered to stay aboard ship. He was told he would be needed later, to organize entertainment for battle-weary troops. He felt disturbed at the thought of being in safety while his fellow soldiers were in great danger. When reports arrived of heavy U.S. casualties, the lieutenant climbed down to a rubber raft. A colonel stood at the rail screaming, "Soldier, where do you think you're going?" The lieutenant replied, "Sir, I belong with my brothers." He then waved and started rowing.

We call Jesus Christ "Lord," and rightly so. We call Him "Master," and well we should. We call Him "King," and for good reason. We bow before Him as God, as Messiah, as Leader, as Teacher, as the great "I Am." We correctly honor His supremacy over our lives because He is the One through whom "all things were made" (Jn. 1:3). But our personal relationship with Jesus Christ goes far beyond our acceptance of His sovereignty.

Jesus Christ is not only our exalted Prince, He is also our caring, compassionate Brother. He feels our heartaches, He feels our hurts. He feels our disappointments. Because He lived among us, He identifies with our sorrows. "Cast all your anxieties upon Him, because He cares about you," Scripture tells us. Have you seen the Lord Jesus Christ in this light recently?

There was a time when Christ dwelt blissfully, in heaven itself. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God" (Jn. 1:14). And what did Our Lord choose to do? "The Word became flesh and dwelt among us" (Jn. 1:14). In doing so, He was telling everyone of us: "I belong with my brothers and sisters -- I belong with you."

We are Christ's brethren -- all members of the same family, all [...]

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