Posted by: livingscripture | February 7, 2015

Fourth Saturday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

 “The Apostles gathered together with Jesus and reported all they had done.  He said to them, ‘Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while’.  People were coming and going in great numbers, and they had no opportunity even to eat.  So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place.”     (Mark 6: 30-34)   

How should we live this Word

It is not possible to understand well the meaning of the mission if one remains suffocated by things to do and by the crowds.  We must listen to Jesus’ command, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place ad rest a while”.  The missionary of all times, sendingeven our own, runs the risk of being overtaken by the crowds and by things to do.  Rest from missionary endeavors, discernment of successes and failures, taste for the joys of the mission are possible only if we ‘remain with Him’, in intimate conversation with Jesus.The evangelist Mark reveals the very human, tender face of Jesus to us in regard to his Apostles.  He is preoccupied for them.  He had sent them out to proclaim the Gospel and they were tired and very involved in their mission, so much so, they had no time to eat.  Jesus was convinced that it was important for His apostles to stay with Him, to rest a while, and to share the experiences of their mission among themselves.  It was important to go to a deserted place, alone, away from the crowd, in intimacy with Jesus.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will remain in solitude with Jesus, conversing with Him who is my dearest friend.

Lord, help me to come to you often to share every aspect of my life with You. 

The Voice of Jesus 

Come to me, you who are tired and oppressed, and I will give you rest.

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