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Association of the Miraculous Medal
Weekly Gospel Reflection

Besides her great privilege of being the Mother of God, Mary was also her Son’s first disciple. She is often called the Model, or Exemplar of the Church. Following her example, we walk with her through the Gospels as we reflect on her response to God in her life.

July 22, 2018 — Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Mark 6:30-34
 Father Oscar Lukefahr, C.M.

Former heavyweight boxing champion George Foreman named all five of his sons George. He explained why in an interview with a news reporter: “You try getting hit in the head by Muhammad Ali and then see how many names you can remember.”

The name we really need to remember is Jesus! Jesus means, “God saves.” Our world is damaged by sin, and people suffer the consequences of their own sins and the sins of others. As the Gospel says, without Jesus people are “like sheep without a shepherd.”

Jesus is the Good Shepherd who saves us by his death and Resurrection. He comes to us in prayer and sacrament, especially Mass and Holy Communion. We need him, and must spend time with him, as did the Apostles in today’s Gospel, to receive his grace and strength.

Jesus wants us to be good shepherds in his name. There are many bad shepherds, as there were in Jesus’ time (John 10:11-16). Among them today are leaders in the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government who ignore God or distort what the Bible teaches. Bad shepherds can be found in the media, in entertainment, and in education when teachers preach secularism in schools where the Ten Commandments are not allowed. To counter the actions and words of such bad shepherds, Jesus needs us to be good shepherds as we pray, study our faith, and share it by word and example.

In this, Mary is our model. She is always close to Jesus. She knows that we find salvation only in him. She leads us to Jesus, and as her Miraculous Medal clearly shows, she shares the rays of grace that flow from the loving heart of Jesus.

“Jesus” is indeed the name we must remember!

Read last week's reflection.