July 22, 2018 by Sr Celeste Wobeter ND
Today’s Gospel calls us to reflect on how well we balance our time. A time for our ministry. A time for leisure and relaxation. A time for prayer and contemplation. Sounds quite simple, doesn’t it? To live it well is not so simple!
It seems that Jesus and the disciples had to deal with the same challenges we have. Jesus invites the disciples to come away and rest awhile. So off they go to a “deserted place.” At least they thought it was! But the crowds got there before they did.
How did Jesus respond? He and the disciples were longing for a time to rest, to renew themselves, to share their lives, to dialogue and to pray.
“His heart was moved with pity for them . . . and he began to teach them many things.”
So much for a good balance of time in their lives! Jesus, like us, knew that life does not always go the way one plans. Discernment of heart was his guide. His will was always focused on God’s call. This yearning to be about God’s work was imbedded deeply within his spirit. His heart was moved with pity!
And he began to teach them.