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Pastoral Visit to Asaka Catholic Church



July 19, 2015; 16th Sunday in the Ordinary Time


FIRST READING: Jeremiah 23:1-6
SECOND READING: Ephesians 2:13-18
GOSPEL: Mark 6:30-34

I’d like to share my idea with you about the role of shepherd based on the today’s reading of the Scriptures and Holy Gospel. Let’s take up the following passage from today’s Gospel.
“As he went ashore 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.” (Mark 6:34)
“compassion” is the very important key word to understand Jesus. This word can be found also in the Parable of the Prodigal Son in Chapter 15 of the Gospel according to Luke.
“But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran nad embraced him and kissed him.” (Luke 15:20)
And we can also find it in the famous Parable of Good Samaritan.
“when he saw him, he had compassion・・・“(Luke 10:33)
The Original Greek word translated as “compassion” or “took pity” is derived from the word with the meaning of internal organs or bowels. And in Japanese we have the way to say “pierce the body”. In this passage Jesus’s feeling is expressed as follows. When Jesus saw their state, he had compassion deeply, felt gut-wrenchingly and was choked with sorrow. Then he felt like devoting even his life for them. This Jesus’s feeling is just the feeling of God, the Father.

The first reading today is taken from Jeremiah. The shepherds in this passage mean the successive kings. Many kings weren’t shepherds on whom God’s Favor rested. For example, King Nadab of Israel is written in Kings as follows. “He did evil in the eyes of the Lord,・・・“(TKings 15:26) If the king ruled well, his rule is described as ”He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord.”

The second reading today is taken from Ephesians.
“For he is our peace, who has made us both one, and has broken down the dividing wall of hostility,・・・through the cross, thereby bringing the hostility to an end. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near.”(Ephesians 2:14-17)
As you know, in the Sermon on the Mountain, Jesus talks to the people to encourage : “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”(Matthew 5:9) Truly shepherds have a mission to proclaim the good news of peace and make peace realized.

In this special year to mark the 70th anniversary after the end of the war, the bishops of Japan issued the message titled “70 Years after the War. Blessed are the peacemakers – Now especially, peace must not depend upon weapons”(February 25, 2015)
We have walked through for the last seventy years with the exclamation of our decision to renounce war and never to use any weapons for the settlement of a dispute, based upon our miserable experiences of the World war U and our decision never to begin wars .

Christians are requested to oppose evil not with evil but oppose and defeat it with goodness. This spirit of nonviolence is embodied as Article 9 in the Japanese Constitution. We Japanese had decided to renounce war as a solution to settle international disputes and accordingly not to hold any military force. Because of Article 9 in our Constitution, it has been realized that we Japanese have never killed anyone by war and no one has been killed by war for last 70 years. We as children of God pray together and learn together even though our culture might be different. For that to be realized, we have to begin with trying to meet each other, help each other and understand each other. (cf. the message of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of Japan, issued in 1995—Determination for peace).

  To work for peace is stacking of daily prayers and acts. Let’s follow Jesus, walk together by helping each other to carry our pains and sufferings, and by sharing joy and hopes. I believe that’s the road of Christians toward peace.

[Scripture quotations are] from The Revised Standard Version of the Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1965, 1966 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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