Saturday 4 February 2017
Sat 4th. Hebrews 13:15-17, 20-21. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want—Ps 22(23). Mark 6:30-34.
‘He taught them many things.’
Jesus often looked for breathing space up a mountain or on a friend’s fishing ketch away from the crowds. He recognized the weariness in his disciples and offered them a chance of slowing down as well.
But his innate sense of compassion pulls him back to the hassled, clamouring people. He senses their lostness and so begins to teach them.
But his lessons are not a start-up process in management or how to get the best deal on a herd of sheep or how to outwit a vicious Roman soldier.
Instead, he speaks to them of God’s kingdom, a place where each of us is totally loved. With that love we care for those around us. God’s kingdom is here now with you and me. These are the main things to remember and live by.
And the people sat peacefully.