Gospel Sunday in Ordinary Time Week XVI. Cycle B. July 22, 2012.
† From the Gospel according to Mark (from 6.30 to 34)
Glory to you, Lord.
“They were like sheep without a shepherd”At that time, the apostles returned to meet with Jesus and told him all they had done and taught. He said, “Come away by yourselves to a lonely place and rest a little.” Because there were so many coming and going who could not find time to eat. They went by boat to a quiet and secluded. Many saw them leaving and recognized, then all villages by land ran to the spot and forward them. On landing, he saw a crowd and took pity on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he began to teach in stride.
Word of the Lord.
Glory to you, Lord Jesus.
Today, the Gospel invites us to discover the importance of rest in the Lord. The Apostles were returning from the mission Jesus had given them. They cast out demons, healed the sick and preached the Gospel. They were tired and Jesus says “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while” (Mk 6.31).One of the temptations that might succumb to any Christian is to want to do many things neglecting to deal with the Lord. The Catechism notes that, when to pray, one of the biggest dangers is to think that there are other things more urgent and, thus, we end up neglecting the relationship with God. So Jesus, his Apostles, who have worked hard, they are exhausted and elated because they have all done well, he says they have to rest. And, according to the Gospel “were in the boat, away to some lonely place” (Mark 6.32). To pray well is needed, at least two things: one is to be with Jesus, because it is the person you’re going to talk. Sure we are with Him that all prayer time begins, usually, and is the most difficult, with an appearance of God. Be aware that we are with Him And the second is the necessary solitude. If we want to talk to someone, have a deep and intimate conversation, we choose solitude.St. Peter Julian Eymard recommended rest in Jesus after communion. And it warned of the danger of filling Thanksgiving with many words spoken from memory. He said that after receiving the Body of Christ, it was best to be silent for a while to regain strength and letting Jesus speaks in the silence of our hearts. Sometimes best to explain to him our project is appropriate that Jesus instructed and encouraged.