5th of February

Publié le 4 Février 2022

Gospel text

(Mk 6:30-34): 

 

The apostles gathered together with Jesus and reported all they had done and taught. 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. So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place. 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. 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.

 

The Application

 

Jesus sees that his disciples returning from their mission are restless like Mary's sister Martha. It was Jesus who sent them where he himself had to go. The proclamation of the Good News with much meaning, necessarily involves a commitment, certainly with actions driven by the Holy Spirit. The temptation is great and we would like to stay there for a long time, to gather the fruits.

 

Jesus invites them to stay away, away from this temptation,  to take some rest, to be alone with the Lord, because human glory, which pushes us to lose ourselves in action, will destroy all that God has built in us.  Since the author of the mission is the Lord, we must let Him gather the fruits. Let the people go to the Lord, to meet him, not to us. There we will see the divine mercy, which unfolds in its generosity and the way in which He will welcome them. On that day we will participate in the joy of John the Baptist.

 

Action of the day: Learn to make a pause in life.

“‘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”

 

Fr. David COMPTE i Verdaguer

(Manlleu, Barcelona, Spain)

 

Today, the Gospel proposes a situation, a need and a paradox; all, very real in our time, too.

The situation: The Apostles are “overworked”: “People were coming and going in great numbers, and they had no opportunity even to eat” (Mk 6:31). Quite often we are facing the same kind of stress. Our work consumes a good share of our energy; the family, where each member seeks our love; the other activities, which we are engaged in, which do good to us while benefiting third parties... If you wish... you can? Maybe it would be sounder admitting we cannot do all we would like to...

The need: Our body, our head and our heart have a need: to rest. In these few verses we have an often ignored manual about resting, where communication is emphasized. The Apostles “gathered together with Jesus and reported all they had done and taught” (Mk 6:30). Communication with God, following the thread of what is more cherished to our heart. And —o surprise!— we find God is already awaiting. And He hopes to find us with our tiredness.

Jesus tells them: “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” (Mk 6:31). In God's plans there is a place of rest! But there is more, as our whole existence, with all that entails, must rest in God. An anxious saint Augustine claims: “You made us for you and our heart is restless while not resting with You.” God's rest is creative; not “anesthetic”: bumping into God's love focus on our heart and our thoughts.

A paradox: The Gospel scene has a “bad” ending for the disciples cannot rest. Jesus's plan fails since people were coming. They have not been able to break away. We often cannot get rid of our obligations (children, wife, work...): it would be to betray ourselves! And yet, we must find God in these realities. If there is communication with God, if our heart rests in Him, we shall play down upon our useless tensions... and reality —free of chimeras— will better show God's sign.
In Him, that's where we should rest!

 

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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