Reflection: Rest a while. Jesus invites his disciples to a quiet place to rest, giving them a chance to recharge and refresh themselves. Returning from a mission of preaching and healing, the disciples are offered an opportunity to pause a while and spend time with God. People see them leave and get ahead of them at their place of retreat. Jesus’ heart is moved with compassion for the people. Allowing the disciples their moments of rest, Jesus proceeds to minister to the crowd.
Jesus suggests that we take time from our hectic schedule to be with God in prayer, listening to God speak to us. Our prayerful communion with God must then lead us to be more committed to the well-being of God’s people. Our resting in the Lord refreshes us for better service.
Do I resent it when someone intrudes into my scheduled rest to ask for my help?