Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Sheep Without a Shepherd
Then, taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; he also divided the two fish among them all. They all ate and were satisfied. Mark 6:41-42
In today’s reading Jesus refers to the crowd as sheep without a shepherd and then performs the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves to feed those gathered on the hill side that had come to hear his word and have their souls nourished.
This miracle of Jesus is seen in all four gospels and reminds us of our need for holy priests that preach the word of God and consecrate the blessed sacrament of the holy Eucharist. Today I ask all to pray for the needs and protection of our priests, bishops, auxiliary bishops and our blessed Pope Benedict XVI; and may we always remember to thank and support them in their effort to bring Christ to us.
A Prayer for Priests
Lord Jesus, you have chosen your priests from among us and sent them out to proclaim your word and to act in your name. For so great a gift to your Church, we give you praise and thanksgiving. We ask you to fill them with the fire of your love, that their ministry may reveal your presence in the Church. Since they are earthen vessels, we pray that your power shine out through their weakness. In their afflictions let them never be crushed; in their doubts never despair; in temptation never be destroyed; in persecution never abandoned. Inspire them through prayer to live each day the mystery of your dying and rising. In times of weakness send them your Spirit, and help them to praise your heavenly Father and pray for poor sinners. By the same Holy Spirit put your words on their lips and your love in their hearts, to bring good news to the poor and healing to the brokenhearted. And may the gift of Mary your mother, to the disciple whom you loved, be your gift to every priest. Grant that she who formed you in her human image, may form them in your divine image, by the power of your Spirit, to the glory of God the Father. Amen. 1