JULY 18, 2021 16TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
1st Reading: Jeremiah 23:1-6
2nd Reading: Ephesians 2:13-18
Gospel: Mark 6:30-34
In today's Gospel, Jesus gathers His weary & tired disciples to a deserted place "to rest a while." Aren’t many of us so busy and weary with work, always rushing to beat deadlines, or to get to meetings, lectures, seminars and what have you? Don't we all need to "rest a while"?
When we feel tired and exhausted, we need to take a rest. We must accept our human limitations. We are not gods. Human as we are, we need to withdraw from our worldly concerns once in a while, to recharge, to renew and then go back again. To do otherwise is folly. To do otherwise is playing god, which we are not. The sooner we learn this in life, the better.
The Dalai Lama once asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered "Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived."
Prayer: Lord remind me always to slow down, rest a while and be with you in prayer and reflection. Amen.