A reading from the gospel of Mark 6:30-34
30 The apostles gathered together with Jesus and reported all they had done and taught.
31 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.
32 So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place.
33 People saw them leaving and many came to know about it. They hastened there on foot from all the towns and arrived at the place before them.
34 When he disembarked and 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.
Reflection: There is a time to work hard and a time to rest and reflect.
Points to ponder:
1. The apostles were excited to report what they have accomplished. When the time comes, we too will give to our creator a report of what we have done in our earthly life. What would be the content of our reports? How many pages? Have we done a lot or too little?
2. Jesus tells His apostles to go a deserted place and rest for a while. Are you a workaholic with no time even to eat and to rest? Even church workers, pastors and priests included, are sometimes too absorbed in their work that they even forget their prayer time. Jesus himself showed that from time to time, He went to a deserted place to pray alone or with a few companions. We too should also find time to get away from the crowds in order to have time for rest and reflection.
3. Jesus made Himself available to people who are in need. He knew how to balance His schedule. Are you that worker who is difficult to approach? Indeed, there is a time to say yes to people and there is a time to say no. Let us ask the Holy Spirit to give us the gift of discernment so that we can be able to determine the proper course of action in every situation.
4. The Good News is that Jesus understands all our needs, especially our need to be taught of His ways. He is easily moved with pity for us. May we have pity on others too and make ourselves available to them in their hour of need.