Get in the Boat!
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.
Gospel of Mark: 6:30-34
Mother Teresa of Calcutta was known to hand out countless little prayer cards with the Prayer of St. Francis. When Jesus sent out the “Twelve” with nothing but a prayer, He knew they would come back with a new name, “Apostles”, which means: “Sent out”. At the end of every Mass, Jesus is “sending” us all out to do and enflesh the prayer of St. Francis.
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
So Jesus called the Twelve.
Jesus calls each of us every Sunday.
Jesus sent out the Apostles.
Jesus sends each of us at the end of Mass:
“Go in peace to love and serve the Lord and one another!”
We respond with, “Thanks be to God!”
The apostles gathered together (synagogue) with Jesus to report.
We gather together (Eucharist) to report all that we have done and taught.
Jesus tells the apostles and us, “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.”
Beloved, without Jesus, we are nothing and we have nothing. People love miracles and healings. Jesus loves us. God loves us.
Jesus tells us to, “Get in the boat!”
We need to spend Sunday in deep prayer and love of Jesus.
One of the major criteria for the authenticity of our payer and our lives is,
“Do I have something to say to Jesus that means something to me?”
“Is my Lord somehow communicating to me something that seems to mean something to Him?”
If these questions cannot be answered affirmatively, the person would do well to ask the Lord what has gone wrong.
“Jesus, is there something you want to say to say to me that I don’t want to hear?”
“Jesus, is there something I don’t want to tell you?”
By paying attention to the quality of the dialogue the person can learn to become more and more transparent with God. The procedure could not become more simpler.
–Fathers William Barry & William J. Connelly, SJ
Please take the time to bring your week to Jesus…and listen. If you read the 6th Chapter of the Gospel according to Mark you may find yourself walking on water when Jesus tells us to “Get out of the Boat!”
Love, joy, peace,