Gospel of Mark 6:30-34
In today’s Gospel, we again see Jesus’ great love for all people.
The disciples had just returned to Jesus following a successful mission trip in which many were healed. However Jesus’ friend and herald, John the Baptist, had just been beheaded. As you can imagine, Jesus was filled with many emotions and mourned the loss of His friend so brutally murdered. Yet Jesus shows us something remarkable in His reaction.
Jesus directs the apostles to go off to a deserted place and rest a while. This plan was interrupted by the large crowd which followed them. When Jesus saw the crowd, He was moved with love and compassion for His people. “When He disembarked and saw the vast crowd, His heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd.”
This shows two beautiful qualities about Jesus Christ. First, He sees the bigger picture. I know that if one of my friends had just died, I would be greatly troubled and able to think of little else. Though Jesus was certainly affected, He saw beyond the earthly trials to focus on the people so in need of His love and guidance. Second, He is selfless. He sees beyond His own needs and those of the disciples. He immediately begins to shepherd the flock by teaching them the Truth. Putting the needs of others before the needs of self is love. In the midst of great emotional pain and human trial, Jesus put the needs of the people before His own needs and continues to do so today for all who seek Him. His eyes are always fixed upon us, just as a shepherd watches his flock.
We all encounter tough times. We all experience pain and loss. We all go through our own trials. Let us react to those situations as Jesus did – with love and trust, understanding there is a bigger picture at hand – through Christ. We can confidently trust and hope in the good that can come from any situation if only we allow Him in. The Good Shepherd will never lead us astray. Seek the Lord with all your heart and you will most certainly find Him. Praise be Jesus Christ, now and forever! Amen.
by Jordan Roberts