What an invitation! How many of us could stand to hear those words from he spoke to his disciples as they returned to him after being sent out two by two. They were sent to heal and preach in his name and apparently Jesus was fully aware of how they would return to him; exhausted and in need of a time away.
Life can be exhausting! There exist so many responsibilities and pressures in life; caring for family, earning a living, being involved in civic and church activities and groups, keeping up with old friends, companioning others who are sick or suffering. Mix in all of the good and wonderful activities we engage in and we can find ourselves in need of a break.
Jesus is always open and available to provide for us that place of respite; a time to quiet ourselves, and let go of all the burdens we carry. Just as he encouraged his disciples to “Come away and rest,” he extends that invitation to us. We need only to recognize our need to do so and then take action, make a plan for a time alone away from the busyness of life. In Mark’s Gospel the word deserted is used to describe where the disciples would go. I can imagine it means a place where no one else resides, where one can be truly alone and uninterrupted. It is made clear in Sacred Scripture that Jesus often went off by himself to be alone with his Father. We need to do the same.
Where is that place for you? To where do you retreat that you might be renewed in energy and find peace? If it has been awhile or if you have never thought about doing this – think about it this week. Gift yourself time, even if only a short time to step away from the crowds, from life, and simply be in the presence of God. May you find in this action time to connect with Jesus, to share with him your needs or to simply rest in his presence. No words necessary for He knows your heart.
Blessings and Peace,
October 17, 2020
A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC