Feb06

February 6, 2016 (Saturday)

Sts. Pedro Bautista, Paul Miki and Companions, martyrs (M)
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1 Kgs 3:4-13 • Ps 119 • Mk 6:30-34

 

THE RETURN OF THE TWELVE

30The Apostles gathered together with Jesus and reported all they had done and taught. 31He 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. 32So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place. 33People 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.

34When 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.

COME AWAY BY YOURSELVES TO A DESERTED PLACE.

The Gospel gives us a picture of the apostles who, having come back from their mission (cf 6:7-13), enthusiastically and triumphantly report to Jesus their accomplishments. They must be disappointed when instead of complimenting and praising them, Jesus invites them to go to a deserted place and rest a while. Jesus understands that after giving themselves out in their mission work, the apostles need a well-deserved rest, a physical as well as spiritual replenishment.

A deserted place represents a place of communion with God. Spending some time in a quiet place helps us find strength and direction in our earthly pilgrimage; it leads us to the source of our life and wisdom.


Just as batteries need recharging, so do our body and soul.

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