A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
December 14, 2019
“Jesus went off to a deserted place and prayed.”
February 5, 2015
As we journey with Jesus in the Gospel of Mark it is evident that His ministry is in full
swing. Crowds are now gathering to hear him preach and many are coming to realize that
he is indeed the Son of God. Yet they do not have a clue as to what is yet to come.
In today’s Gospel we learn that Jesus rose early in the morning and went off to a deserted place to pray. Jesus, the Son of God, made time to be alone with God, His Father. Fully human, he needed to connect. One can only imagine that he may have been physically, perhaps emotionally exhausted as he continued to move from town to town, from crowd to crowd. He was on a mission.
He was sent by his Father to make known to all people that the “kingdom of God was at hand.” What a gift we receive in the example of Jesus taking leave from others to pray. Do you long for time alone with God? Do you rise early to pray or do you make plans in your day and/or in your busy schedule to find time to nurture your relationship with God? We must. We need to remain connected to God. We gain grace; God’s life in us, when we pray intentionally. Our hearts long to be close to God for we belong to Him. We need to share our joys, our burdens, our fears and our dreams with God. God created us that we might be one with Him; he longs to hear from us and to companion us on our life journey.
Let us learn from the example of Jesus of the need to, on occasion, take time to be alone in prayer. If you have never experienced a retreat, consider doing so. There are many offered in our surrounding community. We are blessed to have near us the Franciscan and Benedictine Communities who offer a multitude of opportunities to “retreat.” Some retreats are guided, some simply time for silence and personal reflection. You can contact the
Franciscans in Little Falls at 320-632-2981 and/or the Spirituality Center at St. Benedict’s in St. Joseph at 320-363-7116 to receive information on available retreats.
I can only imagine that when Jesus took time to retreat, he was renewed and energized to continue his mission. Retreating and renewing our connection with God is sure to do the same for us.