A Homily – Mark 6:30-34 ©

The Gospel According to Mark – 2018.07.22

Leadership and Humility

The gospel for today is a call to humility.

For those who seek to teach the faith, we must be humble, and steadfast both.

There will be many who hear the word, and show no interest in it.

There will be other times when those who hear will hunger for it, crowds will gather, lives will be disrupted, the social order may go haywire.

Those moments are to be handled with great care. Be patient, lead them with humility. Listen to them, they will tell you what they need, they will inform you of what you need as well.

A good teacher learns more from their students in a single hour of instruction, than their students learn from them.

If you should find yourself in the position of a pastor or priest, of a teacher of the faith, then be humble, be responsive, listen and learn.
They Were Like Sheep Without a Shepherd

The apostles rejoined Jesus and told him all they had done and taught. Then he said to them, ‘You must come away to some lonely place all by yourselves and rest for a while’; for there were so many coming and going that the apostles had no time even to eat. So they went off in a boat to a lonely place where they could be by themselves. But people saw them going, and many could guess where; and from every town they all hurried to the place on foot and reached it before them. So as he stepped ashore he saw a large crowd; and he took pity on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he set himself to teach them at some length
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Emergence 3.0 – Section Four, Kathy; Part Twenty-seven, Isolated; Chapter Seven, Travel

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 203, Sunday
July 22nd, 2018

Chapter Seven: Travel

Kathy began to experience a degree of freedom she had never enjoyed before. She knew that it was entirely conditional, at all times her handlers wanted Kathy close to them, under strict observation.

The apparatus they built around her was an amazing thing to behold.

The National Security interests utilized a revolving network of spies to keep an eye on her. Every agent was linked by satellite, it gave them the ability to track her comings and goings in real time and from a distance which they felt was sufficiently safe from her prying mind.

Those agents whose mission it was to keep their eyes on her, they had no idea who she was.

They were junior agents who came and went so quickly from their assignment, that following Kathy was generally viewed as a basic training exercise. Nevertheless, every observation they made was pushed up into the cloud and correlated with the vast data base that her handlers were building to track everything she said and did.

Kathy felt her autonomy increasing.

Every little bit of space they gave her, she took.

The assignments she was given came less and less frequently. She could see the patterns in their behaviors toward her.

She knew that she was both indispensable, and matter of grave concern for the people at the top of the security apparatus.

In time, she even had some freedom to travel. When she did, she went to the places that her ancestors directed her to.

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