The picture goes with the first reading as we are beginning the Book of Genesis with the creation of the world. I love this reading but will reflect on the Gospel.
The Gospel for today is Mark 6: 53-56: Jesus crosses to the other side of the sea and tied up there. As they were leaving the boat, Jesus is recognized. Then the people "began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. They laid the sick in the marketplaces and "begged him that they might touch only the tassel on his cloak; and as many as touched it were healed." Mark tells us this happened in "whatever villages or towns or country side he entered."
Sometimes we can feel ourselves overwhelmed by people. They seem to come at us from all sides. There are crowds, meetings, people who surround us; they may make demands on us in person, by phone, or by e-mail. They take our time and energy and patience. It is good to read this Gospel and see how Jesus was besieged with people making demands on his time and energy; Jesus was serene and went about doing good and healing others without thought of self. Yet, he knew the needs of each and did invite his friends to come apart and rest awhile. Each of us must know our own needs and find the silence and solitude that lets us renew our inner life and return to the marketplace with patience, energy, and the ability to heal and help others.