Second Sunday After Pentecost

Year A Readings:

  • Genesis 18:1-15
  • Psalm 116:1, 10-17
  • Romans 5:1-8
  • Matthew 9:35–10:8-23

When Jesus Saw the Crowds

When Jesus saw the crowds,
he felt the world’s pain—
for the sick, the blind, and the troubled
trapped in the grip of demons.

When Jesus saw the crowds,
he felt the world’s sorrow.
He wanted to wipe away
tears from every eye.

When Jesus saw the crowds,
he felt the world’s hunger.
The tired and hungry sheep
looked up, waiting to be fed.

When Jesus saw the crowds,
he felt for those cut off.
He cared for the lonely leper
banished from the village square.

When Jesus saw the crowds,
he felt the world’s bewilderment.
The people, longing for God,
were given rules instead.

The people were harassed and helpless
like sheep without a shepherd.
When Jesus saw the crowds,
he was moved by divine compassion.

The world has greatly changed
since Jesus saw the crowds.
But we still have pain and sorrow;
we still have hunger and loneliness;

and we still have bewilderment.
The Gospel remains the same.
He is moved by divine compassion
for the crowds of the dispossessed.

June 14, 2020

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