Today in all of the readings and in the Psalm as well, the image of a "shepherd" is clearly evident. Whether that be in the reading from Jeremiah, where God speaks through the prophet and says, "Woe to you, shepherds who mislead my people..."; or in the Gospel from Mark, where Jesus laments the fact that the people are like, "sheep without a shepherd"; the message for all of us is obvious: God is calling us to be good shepherds of His people - people in great need, people in our own families, people around us every day. We rejoice that we have such a Good Shepherd watching over us constantly, but we also pray that we imitate Our Lord every day, being compassionate and caring toward our brothers and sisters.
Today's Gospel stories of the resuscitation of the little girl and the healing of the woman with a hemorrhage teach us about what God wants for us: wholeness, health, life. The sacred author of the Book of Wisdom puts it plainly: "God did not create death". In his words and actions, Jesus shows us that God created us in His image and likeness, and therefore wants us to be well and to be with Him forever in heaven. As we thank God for this great gift, may we direct our efforts to promoting life and healing in our world.