Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
********The Apostles Reported All They Had Done And Taught. Jesus Said To Them, "Come Away By Yourselves To A Deserted Place And Rest A While."-- Mark 6:30, 31
REFLECTIONS FROM FR. DENNIS
Today’s Gospel from Mark 6:30-34, verse 34 states: “When he disembarked and saw the vast crow, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.” Pope Francis is the Universal Shepherd of our Catholic Church. We are encouraged to read his latest encyclical entitled: “Laudato Si”, mi Signore – “Praise be to you, my Lord” on the topic of “On Care for our Common Home”. Much of his theology comes from St. Francis, indlucing his prayer “Canticle of Brother Son.” Pope Francis reminds us that we are called to be stewards of the earth, of all of God’s created works. Listed below is this famous canticle that is worth meditating upon.
Most High, all powerful, good Lord,
Yours are the praises, the glory, the honor,
and all blessing.
To You alone, Most High, do they belong,
and no man is worthy to mention Your name.
Be praised, my Lord, through all your creatures,
especially through my lord Brother Sun,
who brings the day; and you give light through
And he is beautiful and radiant in all his splendor!
Of you, Most High, he bears the likeness.
Praise be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon
and the stars, in heaven you formed them
clear and precious and beautiful.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Wind,
and through the air, cloudy and serene,
and every kind of weather through which You give
sustenance to Your creatures.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Water,
which is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
through whom you light the night and he is beautiful and
playful and robust and strong.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Mother Earth, who
sustains us and governs us and who produces varied fruits
with colored flowers and herbs.
Praised be You, my Lord,
through those who give pardon for Your love,
and bear infirmity and tribulation.
Blessed are those who endure in peace
for by You, Most High, they shall be crowned.
Praised be You, my Lord,
through our Sister Bodily Death,
from whom no living man can escape.
Woe to those who die in mortal sin.
Blessed are those whom death will
find in Your most holy will,
for the second death shall do them no harm.
Praise and bless my Lord,
and give Him thanks
and serve Him with great humility. AMEN