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Proper 11

Jeremiah 23: 1-6
Ephesians-2: 11-22
Mark 6: 30-34, 53-56

In today’s reading from Mark’s Gospel, we get a strong sense of the enormous pressure Jesus and the disciples were under at this point in his ministry. Jesus is at the height of his popularity and although his conflict with the religious authorities has begun, as chapters 2 and 3 make clear, it has not yet escalated into full public confrontation. To the crowds who follow him everywhere he goes, Jesus is still a teacher and healer, not primarily a political player. Jesus knows this about them. He knows that they come to him for immediate gratification and to satisfy their pressing need. Just like sheep, they have no long-term plans. Sheep don’t worry about what will happen when they have eaten all the grass in their field, or when winter comes...T

Taken from Lectionary Reflections – Year B by Jane Williams

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