Seeing The Value Of Solitude
July 23 * Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time € Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while. Mark 6:31
Recognizing the value of solitude, Jesus invited his disciples to take time out following their work of teaching and healing. Without his intervention, they might have continued ministering to the needy until their energy was completely spent; they had not yet learned to reflect on their experience of service or to integrate these reflections into their own lives. Only in silence could they connect what they had accomplished with God's presence in their lives; only in stillness could they give thanks for what God had worked through their efforts.
Lead us into the stillness of your heart, 0 God, that we may find rest.
Jeremiah 23:1-6 * Psalm 23:1-6 Ephesians 2:13-18 * Mark 6:30-34