February 5 2022 Gospel Reading and Reflection: Mark 6:30-34

A reading from the gospel according to 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 Jesus 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: Retreat but never give up

After the Apostles came back from their first training mission, Jesus saw how tired they were and invited them to have a rest. He wanted them to be away from the crowd yet the people still chased them and in fact arrived first before Jesus and His Apostles.

We all get tired from work and from problems. We get weary and weak from exhaustion. Sometimes, our fatigue is due to enormous task we imposed on ourselves. The gospel tells us that the Lord truly understands our physical limitations and He urges us to take a rest. In Matthew 11:28, He says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Many people work as if there is no tomorrow. Even if Sunday is declared a day of rest, a lot of people still go to work on this day. Working overtime and many times skipping meals in order to finish a report on time is indeed detrimental not only to physical but also mental and emotional health. Hence, the invitation of Jesus to “rest for a while” is to recharge not only our body but more so our spirit and thus preserve our sanity.

To rest for a while means it is a temporary thing. We rest so that we can have more energy to continue working. It means to retreat but not to give up. We rest so that Jesus can fill up or rather refill our depleted strength. Resting when tired is much like having a retreat when our faith is weakening. In the gospel reading above, Jesus is telling us to go to a place away from the hustle and bustle of city life, to have a retreat in a deserted place so that we can be able to focus on Him, to secluded place where He can teach us many things because nothing can be able to disturb us.

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Gospel Reading and Reflection for February 5, 2022
Gospel Reading and Reflection for February 5, 2022

One comment

  1. Many times for the sake of profit, we do not respect the rest of the body and we demand more than necessary to the detriment of our health. Good Sunday Roy.

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