1ST KINGS 3: 4 – 13
In those days: Solomon went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place; Solomon used to offer a thousand burnt offerings upon that altar. At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.” And Solomon said, “You have shown great and merciful love to your servant David my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart towards you; and you have kept for him this great and merciful love, and have given him a son to sit on his throne this day. And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people that cannot be numbered or counted for multitude. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil; for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honour, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days.”
The Word of the Lord.
Psalm 119: 9 – 14 (R.) 12b
R/. O Lord, teach me your statutes.
How shall a youth remain pure on his way?
By obeying your word. R/.
I have sought you with all my heart;
let me not stray from your commands. R/.
I treasure your word in my heart,
lest I sin against you. R/.
Blest are you, O Lord;
teach me your statutes. R/.
With my lips have I recounted
all the decrees of your mouth. R/.
I rejoice in the way of your precepts,
as though all riches were mine. R/.
John 10: 27
My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord; and I know them, and they follow me.
MARK 6: 30 – 34
At that time: The apostles returned to Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. And he said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while.” For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a lonely place by themselves. Now many saw them going, and knew them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns, and got there ahead of them. As he landed he saw a great throng, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.
The Gospel of the Lord.
REFLECTION: The Heart of Jesus
February 5, 2022
When Jesus disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. (Mark 6:34)
It’s important to see the heart of Jesus. In this passage, Jesus and His disciples had taken a moment to get away from the vast crowds so that they could be alone and rest for a while. But the crowds are aware of their departure by boat and they quickly make it to the other side of the lake, arriving before Jesus and the disciples so as to meet them as they do arrive.
What is Jesus’ reaction? Does He look at them with frustration? Does He think to Himself, “Oh my, these people do not leave me alone even for a little while?” Most certainly not. His response is one of heartfelt mercy and compassion. He is moved with pity for them and He continues to teach them many things.
This happened for a number of reasons. First, it happened as a result of the deep longing that so many people felt. They were drawn to Jesus, to listen to Him and to learn from Him. Secondly, it happened because Jesus also had a deep longing to be with His people. He desired to share His heart with them and to shepherd them, leading them into the many truths He came to reveal. Jesus was a true Shepherd who loved His sheep and welcomed them continually.
The same must be true for each one of us. We must all seek to be with Him, love Him and follow His commands. We must diligently and tirelessly seek Him out no matter how difficult that may be. We have a duty, in love, to seek and find our Lord. And Jesus, for His part, will fulfill His duty toward us to shepherd us and teach us many things. He will allow His heart to be moved with mercy and compassion toward us and He will draw us close to Himself.
Reflect, today, upon the merciful heart of Jesus. See His heart, long for Him and go to Him. Know of His burning love for you and accept Him as your Shepherd.
My loving Lord, I do love You and I give my life to You. I pray that You will always fill me with a burning desire to seek You out, each and every day. I thank You for Your mercy and for Your shepherd’s heart. May I rest close to Your heart every day. Jesus, I trust in You.https://masvingomirror.com