Sunday Reflections

May these mysteries give us new purpose: 16th Sunday B

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Father Ernie Varosi

July 16, 2012

Images from the world of shepherds characterize today's readings. For example, the Gospel recounts the return of the disciples from their missionary journey and Jesus invites them to come away to a "deserted" place for rest. But, crowds stream out and arrive before them. And Jesus is moved with pity for them for they were "like sheep without a shepherd."




Is There Enough for the Journey?: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B

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Father Jim Donohue

July 11, 2012

It is striking that Jesus tells the disciples that they are to take only a walking stick in their hand and sandals on their feet as they begin their missionary journey. Jesus specifically tells them not to bring food, money, or a second tunic. These details are an allusion to Exodus 12, where the Israelites are bracing for the Passover. Like the disciples, they are to have sandals on their feet and a staff in their hands, but it is because they are preparing, finally, to leave their captivity in Egypt.




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