30 The apostles returned to Jesus, and told him all that they had done and taught. 31 And he said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a lonely place, and rest a while." For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. 32 And they went away in the boat to a lonely place by themselves. 33 Now many saw them going, and knew them, and they ran there on foot from all the towns, and got there ahead of them. 34 As he went ashore he saw a great throng, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.
The disciples were so excited that they have failed to take rest. Jesus reminds us to take sufficient rest. He doesn’t wish that we over work. The son of God is not here to over work, rather to accomplish the will of the Father. This loving Father doesn’t overcharge us.
However, Jesus doesn’t stop working, just like His Father. He is filled with compassion and love. He will go to any extreme to teach us how to life our life fully. Jesus wishes that we are not overtaken by the crowd, rather by the Spirit of God, rooted in Jesus. For this contemplation, we need rest and peace of mind.
It is important to realise that, if we know this loving Father, our life will be filled with the glory of God and we won’t stop praising God. In this status of life, our life becomes an action of grace. All that we have ask ourselves is, do we do the will of the Father or just animated and content by simply doing what is correct and good? Does our life is glorifying God?
Daily Quote from the early church fathers:
The good shepherd feeds us with the words of God, by Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D.
"The pastures that this good shepherd has prepared for you, in which he has settled you for you to take your fill, are not various kinds of grasses and green things, among which some are sweet to the taste, some extremely bitter, which as the seasons succeed one another are sometimes there and sometimes not. Your pastures are the words of God and his commandments, and they have all been sown as sweet grasses. These pastures had been tasted by that man who said to God, 'How sweet are your words to my palate, more so than honey and the honeycomb in my mouth!' (Psalm 119:103)." (excerpt from Sermon 366.3)