Saturday, February 7, 2009
Come away and rest awhile...
Today's Gospel (Mark 6:30-34) has the Apostles gathered together with Jesus. The tell him all they have done and taught. Jesus then says to them, "Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while."
Sometime, it is necessary for us, too, to seek that deserted place to rest. Mark tells us that "people were coming and going in great numbers, ad they had no opportunity even to eat. So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place. The problem is that people saw them leaving and told others so that the word spread and people "hastened there on foot from all the towns and arrived at the place before them." It is no longer a deserted place!
When Jesus saw the vast crowd, "his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things."
Jesus still invites us to come away and rest awhile with him; he also teaches me to have compassion and to welcome people with his love.