The Gospel Today
Saturday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
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 Jesus 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.]
Reflection (Sem. Louiemar Melgar):
Because of our hectic schedules we tend to neglect the basic things in life, but very important one. We forget to come to God in prayer.
In today’s gospel Jesus speaks about the compassion of the good shepherd not only to the crowd, but also to His apostles that is why He told them to ‘come away to a deserted place and rest for a while.’Jesus summons His disciples to a silent place to have a breakand relaxfor them to have a chance to rejuvenate and energise themselves.
The gospel then recommends that we need to have time from our busy schedules to be with God in prayer. To listen to God speaking to us as we spend time to repose ourselves. Our spiritual unionand intimacy with God must then lead us to become more unswerving to the well-being of the people around us, the people in our apostolate and most especially the least of our brethren who needs our help. With this, as we rest for a while in the presence of the Lord in solitude, then it invigorates us for animproved service and life to come.