16th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Cycle B

Good News Inspiration for Daily Life

16th Sunday of Ordinary Time Bulletin Insert for July 18, 2021.

Description: Everyone in ministry feels overwhelmed from time to time. Whether it’s the ministry of raising children, or caring for an ill spouse or parent, or working a job in a way that reveals Christ, or the priesthood, it’s important to take time out. Jesus says so in Mark 6:30-34, as explained in a reflection for a bulletin insert for the 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time.

If we don’t obey this commandment, we become cranky. We make selfish or poor decisions. We become like the evil shepherds of the first reading, who misled and scattered those whom they were called to serve. Why? Because we become vulnerable to temptations when we try to give what we do not have.

It takes energy to reveal God’s love. It takes energy to remain enthusiastic in serving others. But how can we get recharged with new energy if we don’t take time to sit still, rest, and pray? How can we care about others when we don’t take good care of ourselves? Jesus lives within us, but before we can give him to others, we must first let him give himself to us.

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Ideas for use: Bulletin insert for the 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time or handout for ministry teams, staff meeting, deanery meetings, RCIA, adult faith formation, etc.

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