Stop, Listen, and Pray

Saturday of the Fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Reflection (Sem. Renz Marion C. Cunanan)

In the Gospel reading today, after the work that the apostles had done, they were told to go to a deserted place and rest for a while. To me, Jesus was giving His disciples time to reflect and be able to rest for a while on the things that they had done for day.

Once a month, in the seminary, we are given a chance to reflect and rest through our recollection weekend. It is a chance for us to stop for a while and ponder on the things that had happened and a rest from the usual schedule of the seminary. This is what the Gospel today teaches me, the importance of silence and the importance of rest.

In a world where we are surrounded by many distractions, sometimes all we need to do is to stop and reflect. Sometimes, we are distracted by the noise of world like social media and gadgets.  I am invited by the Gospel reading to stop for a while, listen to the voice of God and be able to appreciate His creation through silence.  The second invitation of the Gospel is to rest, but not just to rest alone but to rest with the Lord and be able to appreciate the things that God has given me.

To me, in following Jesus, I must be able to give importance to these things – to learn the importance of silence and be able to rest with the Lord.

The Gospel Today

Mark 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.

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